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Canoe Festival mixes fun, environmental concern

Date Posted: 2010-05-21

Canoe enthusiasts can take to the waters of the Kumoji and Kokuba rivers Sunday as participants in the Canoe Festival in Onoyama 2010.

The event, which centers at the Onoyama Park sub-ground in downtown Naha City, features both 5km and 10km events, running on Kokuba and Kumoji rivers and each open to 100 participants. Admission fee is ¥1,500 for one person, or ¥2,000 for two people. There’s also a canoe experience course open to 60 participants; admission fee is ¥1,500 for two people.

This first annual Canoe Festival in Onoyama River 2010 is sponsored by Family Mart. Organizers explain the festival puts focus on environmental concerns in Okinawa, and specifically puts Manko Park in the spotlight. At Manko Park, not too far from Onoyama Park, there are more than 1,000 birds living in the wetlands. The Kokuba river, which flows through the area, feeds the wetlands, and organizers intend to make the waters a clean, limpid stream.

There’s no charge for spectators at the festival, which organizers hope will encourage ordinary citizens to feel more involved in environmental concerns.

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