JICA Okinawa holds Exchange Festival 2015

JICA Okinawa holds Exchange Festival 2015

On November 7, JICA interns introduce their culture to visitors at the JICA Okinawa International Center in Maeda, Urasoe.

November 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7 and 8, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held the Okinawa International Cooperation and Exchange Festival 2015 at the Okinawa International Center in Maeda, Urasoe. JICA’s interns, learning about technology from all over the world, and about 30 international cooperation and exchange associations in Okinawa ran booths.

Mabel Dies, an intern from El Salvador who set up a booth to introduce Latin American culture, said, “I want to introduce the beauty of volcanoes, the ocean, and other nature from my country.”

Nana Oshiro, 18, took part with her 14-year-old sister Yumika in a program to talk to people from different countries and listen to their greetings in different languages. She said, “I had so much fun seeing people from all over the world because I have no opportunity to meet such people in my everyday life. They were all friendly and I want to visit many different countries in the future.”

In the center’s dining hall, international dishes from a number of countries were served. And multinational food stands lined up outside, so visitors were able to taste various foreign foods. Mexican and Balinese dance were also performed in the gymnasium.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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