Tonaki Island holds children’s annual water sports festival

Tonaki Island holds children's annual water sports festival

Children enjoy tamaire game in the water of the Higashi no hama on Tonaki

July 28, 2013 Nana Sasahara, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The 95th Tonaki Water Sports Day for Children was held recently at the Higashi no hama on Tonaki Island. Many children and residents, including 30 children and pupils from Tonaki School (kindergarten, elementary and junior high school) and people from both on and out of the island, took part in the event. This is an annual event, which has been held since 1919 on this island surrounded by the beautiful sea.

Games were held under a blue, clear and sunny sky. Junior high school pupils competed in swimming races and relay games, with all of the children showing the benefits of their practice in swimming classes.

A police officer on Tonaki Island starts the annual water sports festival.

White and red teams competed in games, including piggy-back fights, tamaire game (a game in which children throw balls into a basket and compete by counting the number of balls that went in), a treasure hunt and a dragon boat race. Everyone enjoyed a tug-of-war in the water.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey) 

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