Yambaru Umi no Eki Festival plays Sunday

Cooks from nearby Mahaina Hotel man the food stalls at “Mahaina Yatai Mura” that is specifically set up for the festival.

It’s a family-oriented festival coming up Sunday, at Yambaru Umi No Eki, the Sea Station in Yamakawa, Motobu Town.

The free festival runs 1 p.m. ~ 9 p.m., with ‘Mahaina Village of Food Stalls’ and chefs from Hotel Mahaina on hand to cook, and demonstrate the tastes of Motobu.  Organizers emphasize this is a family event, which families with even small children can enjoy.

Motobu Nahkney, the king of Okinawa Folk songs, competition starts at 6 p.m.

Kid’s can try their hand at fish-catching.

Motobu Child Yae Sakura performs at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Ryujin Mabuyer Show at 1:50 p.m.  As the afternoon progresses, there are kids’ seaweed and live fish grabbing contests, which are free, but numbered tickets are required.  Registration takes place at the Champloo Store beginning at 1 p.m.  Registration is limited to the first 100 youngsters ages 5 ~ 12.

Hiroto Tamanchu is on stage at 4 p.m., followed by a Ryujin Mabuyer handshake event before Akira performs at 5:10 p.m.  Motobu Nahkney, the king of Okinawa Folk songs, leads a competition at 6 p.m.  There’s a Kids Village to be set up, complete with a traveling carnival.

There will also be a sales market featuring Yambaru special products. The direct-sales market in Motobu begins at 1 p.m.

Yambaru Umi-no Eki is located across the street from Expo Park a couple of hundred meters before the park’s main gate and next to Mahaina Hotel.