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Americans’ ‘My Okinawa’ photo exhibition features 160 pictures

Date Posted: 2010-04-01

A weeklong exhibition featuring more than 160 photographs of Okinawa taken by Americans, and entered into a competition-exhibition sponsored by the Foreign Ministry’s Okinawa Branch, has ended with recognition ceremonies.

Entitled “My Okinawa”, Americans submitted photographs of what they saw around Okinawa for the exhibition, which was funded by ¥1 million budget for operations and awards. “We wanted America to understand about Okinawa more by taking pictures of what and how they see Okinawa” said a Foreign Ministry spokesman. A grand price of a digital camera was awarded to photo competition winners, as well as Bingata dyed fabric, Ryukyu glass and other items during ceremonies at Chatan Town Hotel.

“The pictures were all good. They clearly showed that Americans have loved Okinawan culture, nature and history,” the Foreign Ministry director said. “We discovered Okinawa’s good points which we have been forgetting ourselves, and we wanted both Americans and local Okinawan people to live side by side and create more friendships,” he noted, adding “we wish this kind of small events will start reducing bad scandals or accidents.”

Not everyone was pleased with the exhibition. The Association of Victims of Incidents Caused by the American Military protested to the Foreign Ministry. “We protest this event, because the Foreign Ministry should take care of their own business, an Association spokesman said. “Why do they do events like this? Don’t they think about Okinawan peoples’ minds at all?”

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