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Yomitan hosting first Nijiro-Marche Festival

Date Posted: 2011-06-23

More than 40 different exhibitors and vendors will be on hand in Yomitan Village Sunday as the village hosts a brand new festival for the Okinawa community and international visitors.

The Nijiro-Marche Festival is a family-oriented festival promoting the environment and the ecological movement on Okinawa, but also features live entertainment, an eco-cooking class, a class on making juices, and yet another on how to make a Hawaiian Lei. The outdoor event runs noon to 6 p.m. at the open space adjacent to the Yomitan Village City Hall.

Three workshops are on tap for visitors. Children are invited to do paintings on a big sheet at the Kids Art Workshop starting at 2 p.m. Another workshop teaches the best ways to making 100% fresh juices. That class also begins at 2 p.m.

A Hawaiian Lei class starts at 3 p.m. Lei is a Hawaiian word for a garland or wreath, but is more loosely defined as any series of objects or flowers strung together to be worn. The lei is most popularly found in Hawaiian culture as a wreath of flowers draped around the neck, usually present upon arriving in Hawaii, or leaving, as a symbol of affection. Children and sweethearts are often referred to as ‘lei’ and countless ancient and modern songs and chants provide the same warm feelings.

Yomitan Village City Hall is easy to find. Take Highway 58 north, past Kadena Air Base and Kadena Rotary. Look for the Highway 6 signs, and turn left off Highway 58. From there, it’s a straight shot to Yomitan Village.

AN ECO-FRIENDLY VEHICLE THAT USES NO FOSSIL FUELS will be on display at the Nijiro-Marche Festival in Yomitan Village on Sunday. This van owned by Satoshi Takayasu hasn’t been to a gas station in more than four years because it uses neither gasoline nor diesel fuel. Instead, the van runs exclusively on used tempura cooking oil. Takayasu says his car “is a 200% eco café car that is showing people the way to creating a better environment though use of alternative energy sources.”

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