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Costume contest to highlight Mihama Halloween festival

Date Posted: 2008-10-10

A Halloween costume contest at Mihama American Village is being labeled a reverse-cultural event, and the American community is being encouraged to participate.

With Halloween picking up momentum in Japan, particularly in Okinawa with its large American military population, Mihama America Village area shops are putting for the their own ideas on how to make the traditional holiday something special. Organizers have blocked off the street past the ferris wheel toward the beach in Mihama American Village to create a safer environment.

A Costume Contest open to individuals seventh grade and older begins at 5:30 p.m., but registration must be accomplished from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The two-hour contest will result in prizes for the Best 10 entrants, with a $300 1st prize, a $200 2nd prize, a $100 3rd place prize, and assorted merchandise going to winners in 4th through 10th place.

Supported by the American Consulate General Naha and Chatan Town, the event is sponsored by Mihama American Vilalge Tenant Kai and Chatan Mihama American Village Jigyoshe Kai. Teruo Okuhara, Chairman of Chatan Mihama American Village Jigyosha Kai and the Halloween event, says “last year’s costume contest, the main event, was very successful and surpassed our expectations with 325 entrants.”

Individual shops will feature events for costumed patrons, and be offering candy, discounts, etc., throughout the afternoon and evening. The event will be shifted to the 1st floor of Seaside Square, near the bowling alley, in case of rain.

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