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Street Summit to promote saving coral

Date Posted: 2009-07-09

Musicians, fishermen, divers, movie stars and everyday citizens are joining forces July 19th for Okinawa Street Summit 2009, an event promoting conservation and protection of the island’s valuable coral.

The annual music festival at Chatan Town’s Araha Beach Park will operate from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., with entertainment divided into a street zone at the park’s basketball court, and a live zone with its own outdoor stage. Street zone activities from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. include three-on-three basketball tournament with Japan Street Basketball League’s “Somecity” all-star exhibition games, a kids’ dance contest, the BMX Showcase and live music. All events at the Okinawa Street Summit are free.

Live entertainers take to the stage at 5 p.m., including Miriya Kato, May J, Spinna B-ill, U-DOU & PLATY, Youngshim and Aria Asia. The Master of ceremonies will be DJ Taro. Japanese star Rie Hasegawa will bring everyone together, encouraging everyone “Let’s make nature by human hands together, and let’s protect coral for the future of our children.” Okinawa Street Summit Committee Chairman Mika Arakaki says she hopes the music festival will encourage everyone to understand and appreciate the need for the delicate coral surrounding Okinawa.

Mika Arakaki, the chairman of the Okinawa Street Summit Committee that’s sponsoring the event together with FM Okinawa, praises the Ministry of Environment and Okinawan community for their role in protecting and supporting the action of transplant discharge of culture corals. The ministry, along with Chatan Town, the Chatan Town Okinawa Fishermen’s Association, Okinawa Prefecture, Ryukyu Shimpo, NPO Aqua Planet and Sunnoa, plays a key role in coral preservation throughout Okinawa Prefecture.

The combination of supporting musicians and artists, together with local companies and individuals, Arakaki says, have been instrumental in creating a family concert type event that supports the environmental issue while promoting the International coral panel exhibition.

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