Winner takes home live goat and load of seaweed at Yagaji Festival
Yagaji Island is located north of Nago City, and actually a part of it. The island is best known as a destination of shorebirds that move to the shallow shores of the island for winter. There’s also canoeing and a mangrove observatory at Yagaji Beach.
The island is also the site for a festival that takes place at the Nago City Yagaji branch office this Sunday (Nov. 6).
The festival starts at 11:00, and during the event a number of stalls sell local foods, handmade sweets and vegetables grown on Yagaji. There are several workshops during the day and those who want some hands-on experience should apply at the city office. Charges apply to some of the workshops to cover the cost of materials.
Two one-hour-long walking tours starting at 12:30 are available for 20 persons each. Participants must sing up by noon at the city office reception desk. The cost is ¥500 per person nine years of age and older.
Free lantern making workshop goes on from 11:00 to 16:00 with the light up of the lanterns from 18:00 to 20:00. No need to apply in advance.
Sandal throwing contest takes place from 12:00 to 15:00. The final competition is at 15:30. The first 30 people can join for the three matches for free.
Fish grabbing contest for elementary school students is held from 15:00 to 15:30. Participants must register by 14:00 and the cost is ¥300. Participation is limited to the first 100 kids. Organizers advise participants to bring change clothes and a container to take fish home afterwards.
Mozuku seaweed is one of the marine products from Yagaji and for ¥200 anyone can pack as much of the product as they want. Packing starts at 15:30 and continues until all is gone.
16 men and 8 women can compete in the arm wrestling contest. Participants have to apply by phone before the festival by calling at 0980-52-8101. The fee to participate is ¥1,000 and the winner gets to take home a live goat.
Other events include dance and karaoke performances by preschool students, and nighttime from 18:00 to 20:00, there is karate, dance, live band and Eisa on stage.
Fireworks at 20:00 ends the festival.
Free shuttle bus leaves from parking areas stating 10:00 every 30 minutes or as needed. The last bus back to the parking areas leaves at 19:45.