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Seinen Furusato Eisa at Onoyama

Date Posted: 2011-09-02

Few things are as Okinawan as Eisa. It almost could be said that it reflects the very soul of Okinawa and its people.

One of the oldest Eisa events in Okinawa is Seinen Furusato Eisa Festival that has been held every year since 1964, when it was the Okinawan substitute to inspire local young people at the time when Okinawa was still under U.S. administration, and the rest of Japan was living through the Olympic fever of the same year. Since then the festival has been held 46 times, this year’s event being the 47th. The festival was originally held in Chatan, but was moved to Naha some years ago because of a larger venue available there. 20 youth groups from various parts of the prefecture will perform.

This year’s festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday at Okinawa Cellular Baseball Stadium in Naha, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, and ending at 9 p.m. on both days. Tickets to the seats cost ¥500 for adults, and are valid for two days. Children under 18 enter free. Tickets are sold on the day of the event at the entrance of the venue

Besides Eisa, other performing arts groups will also show their best on a separate stage, including Shishimai Lion Dance, martial arts, Angama mask play from Ishigaki and local fold dances and music.

Organizers say that they have some bi-lingual staff to help those foreign patrons who need help.

They also say urge visitors to use public transportation as the parking in the area is almost nil. Cooler boxes and glass bottles and other fragile containers are not allowed on the premises.

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