Tinsagunu hana decided upon as Okinawa’s favorite song

<em>Tinsagunu hana</em> decided upon as Okinawa’s favorite song

Erika Sunakawa (left) and Daiichi Hirata sing Okinawa’s favorite song, Tinsagunu hana, on March 18 at Gate Street, Okinawa City.

March 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty, Okinawa decided upon Tinsagunu hana as the prefecture’s favorite song. Singer Erika Sunakawa and Daiichi Hirata, the director general of Department of Culture, Tourism, and Sports Okinawa Prefectural Government, announced this and sang the song at the Okinawa International Asia Music Festival 2012.

The idea of choosing Okinawa’s favorite song is designed to help provide a sense of unity and to build stronger pride and deeper attachment to the homeland. Committee members used a questionnaire, which saw the song selected as “the favorite.” Tinsagunu hana was chosen for two reasons, one because it has been sung over a period of years, and two because the lyrics were written in Uchinaguchi and have a profound meaning. Director Hirata also played a traditional Okinawan flute to the music. He commented, “Let’s sing this song to reflect this historical event and to mark the significant milestone of the 40th anniversary.”

(English translation by T&CT, Shinako Oyakawa and Mark Ealey)

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