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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Okinawan Week in Washington DC: Stage Video Clip

I would like to let you all know about this great Okinawan performing arts program
 at the Kennedy Center today. 

This program is a part of Okinawan Week in Washington DC for this week sponsored by the Embassy of Japan. 

Here is a link to the stage program video clipclick here

Details of the Okinawa Week in Washington DC:
An event to promote the culture and history of Okinawa kicked off in Washington D.C. , Thursday, with an opening ceremony of “Okinawa Week” that took place at the residence of the Japanese ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae. Lieutenant Governor Kurayoshi Takara represented thr Okinawa Prefectural Government at the occasion..
“Okinawa is the area of Japan that has the closest ties with the United States,” Takara stated in his speech, referring to the Battle of Okinawa in the final stages of World War II as well as the prefecture’s burden of hosting many U.S. military bases.
He went on to call for a resolution for the U.S. base issue through deeper mutual understanding, saying that people in Okinawa want U.S. citizens to understand Okinawa.
According to Okinawa prefecture officials, the event is part of a prefectural government project to utilize so-called soft power of Okinawa. Traditional Ryukyu dance was performed at the event and visitors enjoyed local Okinawa cuisine with Okinawan awamorii.
The event is scheduled to continue through Sep. 12 with  Okinawan films and performances of traditional arts. 


今日のニューヨークは真夏びよりの陽気でした。
さて
ワシントンDCでは、今週沖縄ウイークが開催されています。
一環プログラムとして沖縄を紹介する芸能舞台が
本日ケネディーセンターで披露されました。

舞台観賞に行くことは出来ませんでしたが、早速動画で拝見させていただきました。

舞台は
琉球古典舞踊、雑おどり、創作舞踊、空手、獅子舞、そして創作エイサーと
沖縄紹介ビデオで構成。

沖縄県立芸術大学講師の比嘉いずみさんのオリジナル鳩間節の舞は
いつもより力がはいっているように見受けられました。
楽しませていただきました。
みなさま大変にお疲れ様でした。

ニューヨークにも是非いらしていただきたいです。


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