Dragon pillar erected at Naha Cruise Terminal to act as a symbol of welcome to Naha

Dragon pillar erected at Naha Cruise Terminal to act as a symbol of welcome to Naha

The completed dragon pillar in Naha on the afternoon of January 24


January 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A dragon pillar and symbol of sister cities Naha and Fuzhou, China, was completed in Naha late last year. The pillar was publicly unveiled at a ceremony on January 24 at Naha Cruise Terminal, attended by 400 residents and officials.

Mayor of Naha City Mikiko Shiroma attended the ceremony. She said that the pillar, standing at the entrance to Naha Cruise Terminal, would play a central role in welcoming passengers on vessels from overseas to Naha City. In addition, she emphasized that as a new symbol for Naha and Okinawa, this pillar will serve various purposes, starting with reviving tourism and revitalizing the economy.

At the unveiling ceremony, music clubs from Uenoyama Junior High School and Naha Junior High School collaboratively performed, and preschool students marched and demonstrated a lion dance in celebration.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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Mayor Shiroma (center) cuts the ribbon at the unveiling ceremony with other officials present on January 24 at Naha Cruise Terminal, Naha.

Mayor Shiroma (center) cuts the ribbon at the unveiling ceremony with other officials present on January 24 at Naha Cruise Terminal, Naha.

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