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Motherís Day activities researched by unions

Date Posted: 2004-05-14

A downtown Naha department store and itís employees union want to know what you did for Motherís Day.

Ryubo Department Store and the Palette Kumoji Development Company Unionwant to know what you did. Motherís Day is very special, and in Okinawa the mother is the most important person.

Okianwa shintoism believes in ancestor worship, and even after family members have been dead for a century, the family members continue to pray for them and believe their spirits are still alive. Thus, the concerns about taking care of mom.

The survey conducted early this week found the average spending was under•8,000 per mother, down about •3,000 from last Motherís Day. Children did most of the purchasing.

They accounted for 31% of the spending, which went for clothes and flowers in 20% of the cases, cosmetics 13%, watches 12.7% of purchases, jewelry in 12.2% of the purchases, handbags 15.5%,and shoes 13%. Moms were taking to dinner by eight percent of those answering the survey.

The survey took four days to accomplish, and talked to people ranging from teenagers to those in their 70ís. The department storeís special sales promotion manager, Momabu Gemaha, says ďthese days people buy high quality goods. Real onesÖnot the fakes. We need some specialists to give advice. We had advisors this year and it made it a very successful Motherís Day. Business was very good.Ē

Gemana notes that small kids and son-in-laws often turned to special gifts, handmade tickets for a massage.

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