Okinawa Churashima Foundation wins top honour at Kuala Lumpur Orchid & Bonsai Show

Okinawa Churashima Foundation wins top honour at Kuala Lumpur Orchid & Bonsai Show

The work by the Okinawa Churashima Foundation won the top honour at the Kuala Lumpur Orchid & Bonsai Show 2015 (Photograph provided by the Okinawa Churashima Foundation).


August 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Churashima Foundation’s won the top honour in the display section at the Kuala Lumpur Orchid & Bonsai Show 2015. With an Okinawa-themed display, the foundation impressed judges of the International Display first prize (Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s prize).

This year is the third time the event has been held in Kuala Lumpur. Thirty pieces of work were entered from 19 other countries, including Germany and the Netherlands. The Okinawa Churashima Foundation’s winning work was its first submission to the show. Yoshihiro Hanashiro, the chairman of the Okinawa Churashima Foundation and staff members took part in an award ceremony on August 10 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Yoshihiro Hanashiro, Atsushi Abe, researcher, and Hiroshi Furugen from Okinawa Tropical Plants Maintenance Co., Ltd. created the display together.

Taking “relaxation’ as the theme of the work, they drew ripples on the ground using white stones and they arranged kuba-gasa and Uburu into a hammock decorated with a white orchid . Kuba-gasa is a conical shape hat made of palm leaves and Uburu is a traditional Yonaguni basket made of kuba (palm leaves) used to draw water.

A person in charge of the foundation said of the prize, “This expression of Okinawa’s relaxed sense of time, which uses Okinawa’s original and traditional tools, has been acclaimed.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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