02 Oct '11, 8am

Japanese hula girls, who helped revive former mining town as #Hawaii themed spa, reopened post earthquake

Japanese hula girls, who helped revive former mining town as #Hawaii themed spa, reopened post earthquake

TOKYO - Japanese hula girls, who helped revive a former coal mining town as a Hawaii-themed spa, have returned to the resort as it reopened nearly seven months after it was damaged by the March 11 earthquake. They danced to 21 songs, often in tears, in a "Polynesian Show" as some 700 guests cheered at the Spa Resort Hawaiians, 180 kilometres (110 miles) north of Tokyo, as it reopened for business on Saturday, according to local media. The resort has attracted an annual 1.5 million visitors in recent years, including many from China and South Korea. But it is expected to struggle for survival due to fears over radiation from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant 50 kilometres away. The popular dancers have toured the country and performed in quake evacuation centres since the disaster. "Above all, we are happy that we can dance at home," Yukari Kato, the leader...

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