Camping, art and music ready at the 10th Takuji Festival

Nanjo City is the weekend venue for a unique outdoor festival that features tent camping, a variety

Fire art performers are the specialty of Takuji Festival.

of different foods, art and music.

The Saturday and Sunday Takuji Festival runs noon to 8 p.m. each day at the Special Hall in Café Yabusachi in Tamagusuku Hyakuna, Nanjo City.  Admission is ¥3,500 in advance or ¥3,900 at the door for the field music festival.  Thos wanting to do some tent camping can do so for an additional ¥1,000, a fee that includes use of the parking lot.

The festival concept is fire, music and art, taking place at a location featuring an unparalleled ocean view.  Now in its tenth year, the Takuji Festival originated in a limestone cave, included roasting of whole pigs, and attracted both spectators and a smattering of performers from across Japan.  Today, the festival routinely attracts 2,000~3,000 visitors, including artists from both Okinawa and mainland Japan.

A unique feature of this festival is the appearance of 20 attractive fire art performers.  Visitors can enjoy the program, while tasting a number of different types of food and drinks.  Also on tap are vendors selling goods collected from around the world, and there’s a kids’ open space, too.

Organizers say the festival will be held even if it rains, but will be cancelled if the weather turns stormy.