OPG opens Shimakutuba Promotion Center

OPG opens Shimakutuba Promotion Center

On December 12 at the Okinawa Prefectural Government, the Center Director Eikichi Hateruma (left) and Takao Kadekaru of OPGʻs Culture, Promotion, and Sports Division set up a signboard “Shimakutuba Promotion Center.”


 

September 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 12, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) held an opening ceremony for the “Shimakutuba Promotion Center,” which plays a core role in encouraging the use of Shimakutuba, at the OPGʻs Culture Promotion Division.

The Prefectural Cultural Association manages the Center, consisting of a part-time director and four full-time staff.

Professor Emeritus of the Prefectural University of Arts Eikichi Hateruma acts as the Directer of the Center. The Center works as a collaborator for Shimakutuba promotion, sets up human resources banks, and delivers lectures.

The Center is planning to open a homepage and to work on a database of talented people who promote Shimakutuba.

 

Director Hateruma, who installed the signboard at the opening ceremony said, “I would like the Center to serve as a nodal point for organizing and efficiently promoting Shimakutuba in each locality.

We will support shimakutuba promotion activities throughout Okinawa. I would like to welcome a renaissance of Uchinā culture.

 

Director Takao Kadekaru of OPGʻs Culture, Tourism and Sports Division said, “The Center is small but we would like to become a control tower for the acceleration of the spread and succession of Shimakutuba.”

 

For inquiries regarding the Center, please contact the Prefectural Cultural Association (within the OPG Culture Promotion Division) at 098 (867) 4746.

 

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)

 

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