Big catch flags waving on Lunar New Year in Itoman

Big catch flags waving on Lunar New Year in Itoman

On the morning of February 19, the Lunar New Year, big catch flags hoisted by ships wishing for a good catch and safe operation at Itoman Fishing Port in Itoman.

February 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 19, which is the Lunar New Year, the fishing village of Itoman was surrounded by a vibrant scene. Many fishing ships hoisted colorful flags praying for good catch and safety. Worshippers, who have wooden boxes, containing food offerings to gods, visited Hakugindo shrine from early morning to pray for health and happiness for the New Year.

Fisherman Kaoru Kinjo, 54, said, “I hoisted flags to wish for a good catch this year. I hope 2015 will be a year of great progress.”

Masako Uehara, 73, visits Hakugin Shrine every Lunar New Year. She said, “I put my hands together and prayed for all my family’s health for this year. I feel good to visit the shrine at the beginning of the year. I think this year is going to be one of the best years.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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