1 参加校数 １３校
2 出場者 １５名
第１位 姫路市教育長賞 野村 凜音さん （神南中学校３年） Once in a Lifetime
第２位 琴丘高等学校長賞 溝田 和華さん （龍野西中学校３年） My Stage
第３位 姫路獨協大学長賞 松岡 杏奈さん （龍野東中学校３年） “Mottainai” is Beautiful!
第４位 神戸新聞社賞 荻 愛実さん （上郡中学校３年） My Favorite Color
第５位 日本英語検定協会賞 児島 和奏さん （夢前中学校２年）
Japan Falls Behind Other Countries
しらさぎ会特別賞 池本 和奏さん （広畑中学校３年）
A Precious Thing―We Should Protect
Once in a Lifetime
Rin Nomura (F)
Jinnan Junior High School
I have been learning hula since I was five. I’ve had lots of wonderful encounters through hula. I started learning hula because my friend invited me. Before the first lesson, I was very nervous. But once I saw my teacher showing her smile, I was soon attracted to the power of it.
A few years passed, and I was able to dance to many famous songs. However, it was just dancing to music. I thought something was missing, but I couldn’t find what it was. When I became fifth grade in elementary school, I had a chance to go to Kealii Reichel’s concert. He is a famous singer and dancer in Hawaii. I was surprised and moved when he sang and danced hula. It was completely different from my hula. I could see that his dance had deep meanings. The most important thing then is not to dance well, but to express the meanings and traditions of the dance.
In Junior high school, I had another chance. My Japanese hula teacher introduced me to KUMU, who is a traditional Hawaiian hula teacher. Once she saw my hula, she told me that I didn’t have the spirit of Hawaii. “What’s that?” I asked. “It’s very simple. To entertain and express your gratitude to the people who came to see your hula.” Her words touched my heart. “This is the one thing I was missing.” I thought. From that day, my hula changed dramatically.
One day, when my hula show was over, an old lady came to me and said, “I was encouraged by your dance. Your smile gave me power. Could you please take a picture with me?” I was so happy to hear her words. Finally! I could bring power to someone, like my hula teacher did. I realized the hula has the power to connect people.
If there was no such encounter with my hula teacher, if there was no such encounter with Kealii’s concert, if there was no such encounter with KUMU’s lesson. All these encounters had an influence on my life. Through hula, I’ve had wonderful experiences, so I want to treasure every encounter through my life. There is a traditional Japanese saying ‘ichigoichie’. This is my favorite word.
Thank you for listening.