Yokota wins Miss Onna Nabi crown

Yokota wins Miss <em>Onna Nabi</em> crown

On December 21 at Onna Village Community Experience and Learning Center, Ayaka Yokota (right) and Ayae Iha were elected as "Miss Onna Nabi."

December 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 21 at Onna Village Community Experience and Learning Center, the new “Miss Onna Nabi,” a role designed for the promotion of tourism in Onna Village, was held. Twenty-nine year-old Ayaka Yokota won the Grand Prix and 33-year-old Ayae Iha won the semi-Grand Prix. Kenichi Toyama, president of the Onna Village Chamber of Commerce and Industry, presented certificates and commemorative gifts to them.

Their term in the tourism promotion role starts on January 1 and goes for two years. They will promote Onna village at public events and exchange programs with other communities.

Yokota, who has previously performed dance and sanshin at tourist facilities, said, “I would like to learn more about promoting the features of Onna Village such as culture and tradition. I look forward to the two-year role.” Iha, who is originally from Saga Prefecture, said with a smile, “I would like to promote the appealing points of Onna from other communities’ views.”

The competition was one of events at the 17th Village Industry Festival held on December 20th and 21st. There was also a booth with local specialty products and a “manufacturing experience” booth where visitors could paint shisa and do plant dyeing. The venue was crowded with families.

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)

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