Muddy fun at Kin Tanbo Festa not-to-miss event for kids
This Sunday’s Tanbo Festa in Kin town is aimed at everyone, but especially for kids, it is an event ‘not to miss.’
Tambo means a ‘rice paddy’ but this community-sponsored festival has very little to do with the traditional rice farming that has anyways all but disappeared from Okinawa. Instead, it’s a fun-filled day that is built around another aspect of rice cultivation, mud.
The festival takes place on the grounds of Kin Nature Mirai-kan (Future Hall). Besides a mud playground that is built on a traditional rice paddy, there are 15 more experience-based activities. Entrance to the festival area is free, but participation to the activities costs between ¥300 and ¥1,000 each depending on activity. The festival runs from 10 a.m. ~ 6 p.m. Free parking is available at Kin Hamada Port. The Nature Mirai-kan facility is located at http://goo.gl/maps/XFJ65.
Programs available include playing inside the paddy field ¥300 per person, and it is recommended for bring fresh change of clothes, towel, and goggles. Showers are available for ¥200.
Canoeing ¥500~¥1,000 with beginners welcome to participate, Banana boat rides are ¥500 per person.
Other activities include glass bottom boat trips, buffalo wagon rides, nagashi somen eating, shisa painting, coral sand photo frame making and ‘shima zhouri’ (sandal) carving, among others.