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Islands Fair moves to new venue in Onoyama Park

Date Posted: 2010-11-26

Today’s Thanksgiving turkey is the signal that it’s time for Christmas shopping, and Okinawa’s Islands Fair kicks off tomorrow on a three-day run at a brand new location in Naha City.

Island Fair, the island’s premiere produce and handicraft fair showcasing products mainly from across Okinawa Prefecture’s outer islands, is being held for the first time at the new Okinawa Cellular Park Naha at Onoyama Park, right next to the new Okinawa Cellular Park Stadium. The Island Fair runs Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. except on Friday when it opens at 1 p.m. Parking is available at nearby Naha Military Port, with free shuttle buses carrying visitors to and from the Island Fair.

Dozens of booths featuring handicrafts, foodstuff, candy and produce of every conceivable variety from each of the different Okinawa Prefecture islands will be on display—and for sale—at the new fair site. There’s also a chance for visitors to absorb an exhibition about Okinawa, complete with photographs and sanshin music. Entertainment during the festival includes folk songs known as shimauta, and traditional performers will offer lectures on Ryozo Matsuzaki and Okinawa traditional entertainment.

Original product booths will operate throughout the fair, while traditional entertainment is scheduled with taiko drum performances. Most of the items on display are coming from Okinawa’s outer islands, but also regions in the northern part of Okinawa main island.

Island Fair organizers, ever concerned about safety, are asking parents to leave baby carriages and strollers outside the venue, and pets are not permitted under any circumstances. With influenza season starting, organizers ask that anyone with fevers over 37C stay at home. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at Island Fair.

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