Shuri Castle Festival: Iraha elected for role of new King, Ikeda as queen.
September 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
A contest to select the king and queen for the Shuri Castle Festival 2015 was held at a hotel in Naha. The Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park hosts this event annually.
Thirty-four-year-old Takahito Iraha was elected as the new king and twenty-one-year-old Rika Ikeda as the new queen.
There were 45 applications, including 17 applications for the king and 45 for the queen.
They will attend a swearing-in ceremony on October 31, when the Sapposhi or envoy of the Chinese Emperor will bestow the imperial seal on the new King of Ryukyu, followed by a parade in the Una forecourt.
The new king and queen will work for one year.
The new king Iraha said, “Honestly, I am happy. I want to do my best to live up to the role of king.”
The new queen Ikeda said, “I will work hard to help many people know more about Okinawa.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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