Certificate issued for Ryukyu King and Queen of Shurijo Festival
October 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
A ceremony for certification of the king and queen of the Shurijo Festival was held on October 11 at the Naha City Office. The festival is sponsored by the Shurijo Festival Planning Committee and co-sponsored by the Ryukyu Shimpo and Shuri Promotion Association. The chair of the committee, the Naha City Mayor Mikiko Shiroma, handed certificates to 35-year old Hiroshi Nakasone and 30-year old Masami Guishiken for king and queen respectively.
The king and queen were selected through an audition held at the Okinawa Miyako Hotel on September 18. There were 26 applicants for the king’s seat and 34 applicants for the queen’s seat.
Nakasone, who supervises a third-grade class at the Tomari Elementary School, said, “I want to share with my students what I experience at the various events.” Gushiken shared her excitement, saying, “I want to contribute to promoting Okinawa.”
The Shurijo Festival will be held from October 28 to November 3. There will be a Sappo march and ceremony at the Shurijo Castle Park on October 29, a Ryukyu Kingdom march at Kokusai Dori on October 30, and a traditional ceremony at the Shurijo Castle Park on November 3.
(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)
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