300 Christmas cakes presented to Okinawa welfare organizations

300 Christmas cakes presented to Okinawa welfare organizations

Chairman Tsunemitsu Heianna from the Okinawa Confectionery Association presenting Christmas cakes.

December 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Confectionery Association led by Chairman Tsunemitsu Heianna gifted 300 handmade Christmas cakes to the 72 social welfare organizations in Okinawa on December 3. A ceremony was held at the Okinawa Prefecture General Welfare Center in Shuri, Naha to mark the occasion. Chairman Heianna said, “It’s a little bit early for Christmas cake, but we want people to feel happy.”

The sending of cakes started in 1975 as a year-end charity campaign, and marks its 37th anniversary this year. To date, 8,444 cakes have been sent as gifts, at an equivalent monetary value of 16.7 million yen. The cakes were distributed to each organization through the Okinawa Social Welfare Council. The chairperson of the Community Chest of Okinawa, Masahide Wakugawa, commented, “We appreciate the gift during this tough time when there is a rise in costs for ingredients as well as in consumption tax.”

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma) 

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