5th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival held to deepen bond for Okinawaʻs future
October 21, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
On October 20, the 5th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival was held for the first time in Okinawa. At the opening ceremony in Sawafuji Mirai Hall, Nishihara, more than 200 participants attended. Four representatives pledged that Uchinanchu youth from around the world would come together and strengthen their bond for the future of Okinawa. For four days, approximately 100 youth attendees, who trace their roots to Okinawa, and youth in Okinawa will experience Okinawaʻs traditions, hold conversations together, and think about the future of Okinawa.
Minami Tamamoto, the chairperson of the Executive Committee, said, “We would like the youth from the world to connect to the youth of their ancestral communities. We want to make a ‘homecoming space’ where we can say ʻIʻm homeʻ and ʻWelcome homeʻ to each other. We look forward to youth partnering up with each other and creating new projects.”
Governor Takeshi Onaga said, “I hope this festival will help you to strengthen the bond among young Uchinanchu and make the world their stage with the spirit of ‘Bankoku shinryo(a bridge between nations)’.”
The festival took four days ending on the 23rd. Approximately 2,000 people participated. The closing ceremony and grand finale were held on the 23rd at 6 p.m. at Katsuren Castle Ruin in Uruma.
(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)
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