Okinawan team visits Virginia to promote memorable Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival
May 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hisao Tome in Washington, D.C.
An Okinawan team promoting the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival scheduled for October made its last stop on its rounds to four cities and two countries in North America to encourage attendance for the festival. At 11 a.m. on May 15 (midnight on May 16 Japan time), the team conducted an informational session about the festival in Virginia, on the outskirts of the capitol. About 30 members of the Okinawa Kai of Washington DC attended the informational session.
President of the Okinawa Kai Itsuko Asato said that when she attended the 1st Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival she was very impressed with its wonderful demonstrations of Uchinanchu culture from overseas, of Eisa dancing and folk songs. She requested that people attend this year, saying, “My memories of the festival will be with me for the rest of my life.”
Governor Takeshi Onaga of Okinawa said that the Okinawa Kai of Washington D.C. understands the importance of passing on Okinawa’s history, traditions, and culture through concentrated efforts and activities. He mentioned his impression that the team promoting the festival has been overwhelmed by the power of Okinawans in each part of the world it has visited.
(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)
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