Okinawa Gov. Onaga joins the pitch opening ceremony for a game between Dodgers and Mets

Okinawa Gov. Onaga joins the pitch opening ceremony for a game between Dodgers and Mets

Okinawa-born Japanese-American Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was catcher while Onaga was pitcher at Dodger Stadium on May 11.


May 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is on an official trip to the United States to call for participation in the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival which will be held in October. Onaga joined the pitch opening ceremony for a major league game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets. Okinawa-born Japanese-American Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was catcher, while Onaga took part as pitcher, attracting applause from the spectators.

Before the game, the Okinawan eisa taiko ensemble Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko performed at Dodger Stadium. About 140 members of the Okinawa Association of America attended the game. In response to the association’s attendance at the game, Dodgers staff proposed that Onaga join the opening pitch ceremony for the game.

A movie to promote Okinawan tourism was screened at the stadium.

Before the pitch opening ceremony, Onaga spoke to the press, “I am proud of the Dodgers manager Dave Roberts who is Okinawa-born, and I am also proud of all Okinawan people who get a big name overseas. They encourage us.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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Okinawa-born Japanese-American Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was catcher while Onaga was pitcher at Dodger Stadium on May 11.

Okinawa-born Japanese-American Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was catcher while Onaga was pitcher at Dodger Stadium on May 11.

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