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Naminoue Shrine to stage Nanmin Festival

Date Posted: 2012-05-18

One of the most venerable shrines in Okinawa, Naminoue Shrine in Naha, will hold its Nanmin Festival this weekend.

The day called “Reitaisai” for Naminoue Shrine is the 17th of May each year, today, the day most important rites for each shrine takes place. Naminoue Reitaisai should be held today, but organizers recognized it would be more of a fun festival on Saturday and Sunday. Reitaisai ceremonies begin at 10 a.m., with visitors able to watch the solemn performance as in ancient times, Naminoue Shrine in Naha City.

Saturday, there will be a kids sumo tournament from 1p.m., a BukuBuku tea dedication performance from 1:30 p.m., a snorkel experience and a lecture on safe swimming from 2 p.m. at the Naminoue Beach just next to the shrine. There will also be a literature exhibition starting at 3 p.m. at the shrine, and drum performances complete with performers wearing Ryukyu costumes at the stage of Asahiga Oka Park, just next to the Shrine, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Sunday, it will be more excitement beginning with the parade of the sacred portable shrine, “mikoshi” at 11 a.m., followed by Eisa, karate, Ryukyu ancient dance, Shishimai, Hatagashira and more from Naminoue shrine to Palette Ryubo space. Another Okinawan sumo tournament takes place at Asahigaoka Park, and there’s a tug of war at Naminoue Beach, Nabe or pot food serving also at the park from 2 p.m.

Another Ryukyu traditional dance at the shrine starts at 3 p.m., followed by the brass band of the Japanese Self Defense Force on stage at the park beginning at 5 p.m., and a Karaoke contest, also at the stage, from 6:30 p.m.

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