Shurijo Castle Festival: Tsuha and Higa elected for the roles of King and Queen

Shurijo Castle Festival: Tsuha and Higa elected for the roles of King and Queen

Ryuto Tsuha (right) elected as the new king and Ichika Higa as the queen on October 1 at the Una forecourt of Shurijo Castle in Naha.


 

October 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On October 1, the last day of the Shurijo Castle Festival, a selection contest for this year’s role of king and queen was held at a special stage in the Una forecourt of Shurijo Castle.

 

Twenty-three-year-old Ryuto Tsuha was elected as the new king and eighteen-year-old Ichika Higa as the new queen.

 

There were 21 applications for the king and 40 for the queen.

The new king and queen will work for one year, starting with the Shurijo Castle Festival in November, when the marching of Sapposhi or envoy of the Chinese emperor will be restaged.

 

The new king Tsuha, who was wearing a colorful crown, said, “It is heavy.”

“I feel the weight of the thoughts of the predecessors.

” Higa, wrapped in a modest costume, said, “I want to spread the traditional culture to many people in Okinawa, from generation to generation.”

 

 

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)

 

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