Over 1000 people take part in first calligraphy of the year

Over 1000 people take part in first calligraphy of the year

About 1,050 people ranging from three to 68 years-old took part in writing the first calligraphy of the year at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in Naha City on January 10.


January 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 25th Kakizome Festival was held at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in Naha City on January 10. The event involves around 1,000 people writing kanji and prizes are awarded.

About 1,050 people ranging from three to 68 year-old took part in this year`s event. The participants worked diligently on writing their kakizome or first calligraphy. Ginoza Junior High School student Kaito Yamada received the Prime Minister’s Award, which is the top award in the event.

In the closing ceremony, calligrapher Nanryu Chihara wrote the Chinese character “Sho (flying),” which includes this year’s Chinese zodiac sign of sheep in its Bushu or Chinese radical.

(English translation by T&CT)

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