Nijima team wins V6 at the Itoman Harley race

Nijima team wins V6 at the Itoman Harley race

The Itoman Harley started with the Ugan Barley dragon boat race on June 5, at the Itoman Fishing Port.

June 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4 of the old lunar calendar (June 5) or Yukka-nu-hi, Harley or Harri dragon-boat races were held in various locations in the prefecture to wish for safe navigation and a good season’s fishing. The Harley race held at the well-known fishing town of Itoman City, featured the largest number of teams to date in the organization section. Falling on a Sunday this year, Harley fans and family groups came to the Itoman Fishing Port in greater numbers than in recent years.
At the opening ceremony, all participants stood in moment’s silence for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

The Nijima Village team defeated its rivals from Nakamura and Nishimura in the traditional race section, winning the overall champion’s flag for the sixth consecutive year, winning the other two sections, the Ugan-Barley boat race and Agaisubu race (paddling a distance of 2.15 kilometers).

In his speech, Mayor of Itoman City Hirotsune Uehara stressed that, “We pray for an early recovery for the areas affected by the disasters. Next year a national event for ‘making the sea rich’ will be held in Itoman, and we will also do our very best to make it a success.”

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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