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Ritou Fair promotes outer islands products, tourism

Date Posted: 2011-11-25

A three-day industrial fair staged by 18 outer island cities, towns and villages will present to Okinawa the beauty, products and tourism opportunities they offer.

The Ritou Fair at Naha Cityís Okinawa Cellular Park in Onoyama Park is being promoted on a theme of the original islandsí culture and the blessings of the ocean, mountains and sun. The Ritou Fair opens Friday and runs through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Itís being sponsored by Okinawa Prefecture, the Okinawa Prefectural Outer Island Promotion Conference and 18 cities, towns and villages scattered across the prefecture.

Each island will have booths and displays showcasing locally made products, which are also for sale. Another Ritou Fair theme is promoting market expansion for tourism and local products through development seminars and promotions. Traditional cultural performances from each of the outer islands will be presented across the three-day event.

A good deal of emphasis is being placed on Okinawa Prefectureís unique status as the only one with a subtropical climate, a non-traditional Japanese culture, and of course, untouched nature that islanders think should attract more tourists. Presentations will provide visitors with original island history, performing arts and culture.

Itís not all a fun-and-games fair, though. Leaders from the various communities will be putting their heads together with prefecture officials to assess problems confronting the islands. Of concern are declining populations, an aging population and pollution.

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