Weekend ‘Ritou Fair’ puts focus on outer islands
A three-day annual fair called ‘Ritou Fair’ opens this Friday at Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Onoyama Park in Naha to promote products, beauty, and tourism of 18 communities on Okinawa’s outer islands. The fair runs through Sunday (Nov. 25-27th)
The event focuses on the food, traditional performing arts, tour opportunities and businesses and specialty products of the communities. It’s an excellent opportunity for people who have not had a chance to visit those places and learn what they have to offer.
Participating 18 communities include Miyako, Ishigaki and Amami (Kagoshima pref.) cities, Motobu, Taketomi, Yonaguni and Kumejima towns, and Tarama, Iheya, Ie, Aguni, Tonaki, Zakimi, Nouth and South-Daito, and Tokashiki villages.
Each of the communities has booths and displays to showcase locally made products, which all are also for sale. Performers of traditional performing arts and music from each of the communities are on stage throughout the event.
Food is an important part of any culture. Besides promoting their local delicacies, the food stalls at the fair also engage in a competition during the fair for the bragging rights and title of ‘The Best Island Food.” The award ceremony for the competition is held at 15:00 on Sunday.
The fair runs from 10:00 to 19:00 on Friday and Saturday, and closes 30 minutes earlier at 18:30 on Sunday. There is no parking at the Cellular Stadium but a temporary parking is available at the Naha Military Port, and a free shuttle bus runs between the parking area and the Cellular Stadium from 9:00 to 20:00.