Multinational party held in monorail attracts 130 people

Multinational party held in monorail attracts 130 people

Participants in the "English Network Dinner" enjoyed watching a samba dance performance at the Shuri monorail station on February 28.

March 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A monorail station and a train have been transformed into a party venue. On February 28, an international exchange event, “English Network Dinner” was held at Shuri station on the Okinawa City Monorail Line, or Yui Rail. The event participants got to have the station and train all to themselves. With beer servers placed in the train, the participants enjoyed savoring Brazilian cuisines at the station platform, where samba dance was performed. About 130 participants, including Japanese and foreign nationals interacted with one another in English.

Mike Holland of the American Chamber of Commerce in Okinawa initiated the event about two years ago. Holland has held the event about 20 times so far. This is the first time his event has been held at a monorail station.

Brazilian restaurant Bovinos of Chatan provided food to the event. Rubbia, who performs samba at the restaurant, danced joyously on the night. Rubbia said that it was the first time for her to dance at the monorail station. She added that Okinawa and Brazil have something in common. Kayoko Ikeda, who took part from Tomishiro, said, “I really enjoyed interacting with foreign nationals living in Okinawa and people in different businesses.” Takayo Toma, taking part from Urasoe said, “It was a multinational party, and everyone was friendly. The event gave me a good opportunity to learn English.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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