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Industrial Festival accents Okinawa products

By: By Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2010-01-28

This weekend’s Okinawa City Industrial Festival is a combination of introduction to Okinawa City-made products and two days of sheer family fun.

The 33rd annual festival runs Saturday and Sunday in and around the Okinawa Comprehensive Sports Park at Hiyane in Okinawa City. Festivities run 10am ~ 7pm both days, offering a full slate of entertainment and cultural events, as well as a chance to see various local products made.

The Industry Fair always builds its theme around Okinawa City brands in which citizens take pride. The Industrial Festival Executive Committee says the two-day event will feature Okinawa produced and processed goods, wooden handicrafts, Ryukyu musical instruments, homemade pottery, awamori, clothing, building materials, and a wide variety of Okinawa foods and special goods. Festival visitors will be able to observe Okinawa products being manufactured, and can purchase many of the items on the spot.

Organizers expect the music and food to attract thousands to the Industrial Fair, where the key word is “local” products. Everything on display and being sold in Okinawa City is manufactured / handmade in Okinawa City, and city leaders say they’re proud of the city’s ingenuity and production skills.

Special exhibitions will operate across the two days from open until closing. The Chibana Society for Study of Textiles will demonstrate textile making, while a Bamboo Wares Studio will teach making bamboo products. Experiments in glass will be demonstrated by a Glass Studio, while another local specialist will show how the pottery wheel is used to turn out Ryukyu products.

Wood sculptures making will be taught, while the Central Leather Company will show how to work with leather. A division of the local Agriculture /department will demonstrate making raw sugar from sugar cane.

In commemoration of the festival’s 33rd anniversary, organizers are planning several special events. A variety of entertainment activities run virtually non-stop after the 10 a.m. opening ceremonies on Saturday at the square in front of the sports complex gymnasium. Multiple stages in several sports complex facilities, including gymnasium and recreation dome will host shansin performances with Okinawa City Children Shansin Class, choruses, and salsa dancing.

Getting There

From Foster go out from Legion Gate and go straight through Kitanakagusuku Village and down the hill towards Awase. Continue on the same road about half kilometer past the intersection with Route 329 and park is on your left. From Kadena go out of Gate 2 and continue to Takahara intersection. Turn right on Route 329 and continue until you see the entrance gate to Okinawa Prefecture Comprehensive Sports Park on your left.

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