15 August, 2006

Japanese volunteers to sing at choir competition

When it comes to groups lining up for the annual Methodist Church choral competition, the Suva Grammar Ecumenical Church choir is rather different. The choir includes four Japanese volunteers on attachment with various local organisations - who speak and sing Fijian. Chiharu Kawamoto, who is attached as a swimming teacher at Suva Grammar School, said they were looking forward to taking part at the annual competition, which begins this weekend at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. Speaking in Fijian, Ms Kawamoto said learning the lyric was not hard because they had undergone intense training in the Fijian language for six days and Hindi language for two days. Hitomi Matsuda said all four volunteers enjoyed practicing for the competition and looked forward to the actual event this weekend. Akiko Sawada, who is attached as a teacher at Stella Marist Primary School, said since learning the Fijian language, they had been speaking in Fijian most the time. The new bridge at Nausori is to be opened on this Thursday before the choir competitions begin on Friday.

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