Children from Fukushima perform Eisa in Tomigusuku

Children from Fukushima perform <em>Eisa</em> in Tomigusuku

On March 31, at Chura Sun Beach in Toyosaki, Tomigusuku, children from Fukushima took photographs with members of Kariyushi58 after their eisa performance.

April 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 31, at the Chura Sun Beach in Toyosaki, Tomigusuku, 115 children from Fukushima Prefecture performed eisa that they had practiced during their stay in Okinawa. They visited Okinawa on the spring holiday Youth Support Project sponsored by the Okinawa Youth Hostels Association. The organizer was to hold the Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Assistance Event “We are One” as part of the season’s beach opening ceremony, but most events were canceled due to bad weather. In the event’s finale, the children from Fukushima were to perform an eisa dance with members of the Tomigusuku City Children Junior Leader Club and Okinawa traditional drum group Chijinshushinka, to the song Yui by the four-man pop group Kariyushi58.

A barbecue party was held on the beach once the weather had recovered in the afternoon. Mayor Haruki Gibo, Municipal Director of Education Takehiro Uehara, Shingo Maekawa (vocals, bass) and Naoki Miyahira (guitar), both of Kariyushi58, attended the party and enjoyed mixing with the young people from Fukushima.

The Takara Community Support Network presented bags to the children. The children’s performance of eisa for the members of Kariyushi58 received great applause from the crowd.

Hayate Yatsu, a ten year-old boy from Koori Town who was visiting Okinawa for the first time, said, “We really enjoyed the barbecue party. The food was great! Practicing eisa was difficult, but I think that our performance went well.” Maekawa and Miyahira were impressed with the Fukushima childrens’ powerful performance, both saying that they wanted them to enjoy their stay in Okinawa, and hope to meet them again in future. They took a commemorative photograph with the children.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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