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Okinawa to host fourth International Uchinanchu Festival next October

Date Posted: 2005-06-24

Okinawans will, for a fourth time, open the Ryukyu islands to their kinfolk, family and friends next year.

The Fourth International Uchinanchu Festival will be staged at venues across Okinawa October 11-15, with some pre-festival events being organized for later this year. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the end to World War II, and although the festival is more than a year away, organizers want to pay homage to the pain and suffering felt by their ancestors.

The Okinawa Prefecture government hopes to lock in three events for late summer and fall, attracting more than 500,000 to the island. Organizers will reach out to former military personnel, interpreters and translators, American military war veterans and their families, and mainland Japanese who served here.

Governor Keiichi Inamine will again be the Festival chairman. He’s off to Hawaii soon to begin promoting the Uchinanchu Festival and invite the state government to get involved too. Local schools will begin learning from the Board of Education about foreign countries and how Okinawans have emigrated through the years.

Language focus will be on the dozen countries which have large Okinawa expatriate populations, including Peru, Mexico, the United States, Korea, China, Canada, Germany and France. Okinawa’s traditional musical about how everyone comes from the ocean will be promoted as well.

Officials will be asking everyone “Are you involved with Okinawa? Are you involved with your family and with Okinawans?” If so, organizers say, then the Uchinanchu Festival is just for you.

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