China – Fujian Normal University wins second straight Eisa Championship
February 13, 2017, Ryota Kotani , Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo.
Fujian Normal University along with three other Chinese universities competed in the 2nd annual Eisa Championship Tournament, held December 4, 2016 at Fujian Museum Plaza in Fuzhou, Fujian. The competition was hosted by Okinawa Prefecture and the Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation with help from the Fujian Foreign Affairs Institute, the Okinawa Art & Culture Council, and the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau. 41 students from Fujian Normal University, Minjiang University, Huaqiao University, and Fuzhou University participated. Fujian University built on their strong showing last year, taking the title for the second straight year. Many city residents watched the fantastic Eisa dances with great interest.
In addition to the competitors, there were also performances from elementary and middle school groups. There was also a guest performance from Chijinshu Wakatida, the Okinawan team that won last year’s World Eisa Tournament. The performance was met with enthusiastic cheering from the college students. The tournament concluded with all of the teams dancing to “Tousen Doi” together.
The head of the judge panel was Daiichi Hirata, head of the Art & Culture Council. Along with the tournament there was PR for tourism, and sample foods, drink and other Okinawan goods on display for spectators, creating a nice PR opportunity for Okinawa.
In addition, Zamami Cardboard Co. Ltd. provided material for making paranku drums, and both children and adults alike could be seen enjoying the experience.
(English translation by T&CT and Sam Grieb)
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