Chatan Seaport Carnival centers on beach activities
The Chatan Seaport Carnival is known as the one major summer festival that concentrates on activities on the beach, and it happens this weekend on the Sunset Beach in Mihama, Chatan.
The two-day festival focuses on live music on Saturday, and fun in the water on Sunday. Both days end with spectacular fireworks. It seems that this year the festival can be held as scheduled as no typhoons are in sight, and it promises to be one of the highlights of the summer.
Admission to the festival is free. Fireworks cap the evening both days starting 20:00, and traditionally provide some of the biggest bangs of any fireworks on the island. About 1,300 pyrotechnics are blasted off from just off the beach each day.
Although the official opening ceremony starts at 15:00 on Saturday, a beach soccer tournament precedes it from 11:00 to 15:00. The entertainment begins with a hero show and the live music starts at 17:00. Tahitian dance performance on the beach at 19:10 ends the live entertainment.
Sunday’s highlight is the raft race that runs from 11:00 to 13:00. Traditional dance, Eisa, fashion show and kachashi fill the rest of Sunday.
Kayak rides, stand-up paddling and other water-related activities take place on the beach throughout both days.
Of course, Japanese festival street food is sold from stalls set up on the beach, including corn dogs, takoyaki fried octopus balls, yakisoba, yakitori, potatoes, corn on the cob, and various other fried foods. Plenty of cold beer and soft drinks are naturally also available.
There’s a night flea market at the nearby American Village from 16:00 to 21:00 on both days.
According to organizers, about 72,000 people visit the festival, on every average year, and because of that, traffic can be really jammed up. Although parking in itself is not a big problem in the area, it can take plenty of patience and time to get out, as everyone tries to leave at the same time. For those who live close by, walking is the best option. It is also a good idea to get there early.