Citrus picking part of northern produce fair

Ogimi Fair showcases plenty of local produce.

The 24th Ogimi Village Produce Fair gets under way Saturday with visitors having the chance to take a walk in the forest and participate in ‘Kuganii’ citrus picking.

Bunagaya and Shiquwasa are fitting symbols for rural Ogimi.

The Ogimi Village Sangyo Fair runs both weekend days. Ogimi is known for its rich nature and is the famous producer of Bashofu cloth and Shiqwasa fruit.  Admission is free to the festival, which runs 9:30 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  The festival takes place at the Ogimi Elementary School gymnasium and playground.

To learn more about Bashofu→ http://www.vill.ogimi.okinawa.jp/village_bashofu_en/, and to get the inside story on the tasty citrus Shiqwasa, visit http://www.vill.ogimi.okinawa.jp/village_shikuwasa_en/

Local celebrity farming couple Aimoco conduct live radio show.

Ogimi Village is located on Highway 58, about a 30-minute drive north from Nago City.

The forest walk and ‘Kuganii’ citrus picking experience runs 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, followed at 2:30 p.m. with a Shiqwasa lecture class.  There’s an Aimoco live radio show at 11 a.m., and the Yoshimoto Okinawa Laugh & Peace comedy stage at 4 p.m.

Sunday’s events begin with another walking tour in the forest of Ogimi, and ‘Kuganii’ citrus picking, followed by a Shiqwasa citrus and nursery plant auction at 12:30 p.m.  There’s a traditional performing art show at 1:30 p.m. and an Okinawa folk songs show at 4 pm.