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The 20th Naha Youth Festival promotes youth folk arts

Date Posted: 2012-09-07

Okinawa’s hosting a variety of festivals this weekend, with The 20th Naha Youth Festival offering a few things different than the eisa festivals stretching from one end of the island to the other.

Naha City has developed as the island’s main city, drawing from the unique cultural districts such as Shuri, Naha, Oroku, Mawashi and more. Each district has original folk art and idiosyncrasies during events that represent those differences, contributing to make each district bond with the others while promoting the overall community. Admission to the festival at Shintoshin Park is free.

The folk arts that each local youth association promotes tells the community how their pride is demonstrated in each district, so youth need to create situations and chances that let people know the splendid point of the folk arts. As if that’s not enough, each youth association makes promotion plans that promote cooperation between districts.

The Naha Youth Festival this time will be held as a part of revitalizing the Naha City area, and each district is promoting its activities with the other areas. In the future, the event is hoped to take hold as one of main events in Naha City, growing in stature with the Naha Festival, Naha Haarii and Shuri Cultural Festivals.

This year’s theme is “Singing, Dancing Naha with Okinawan heart of young people.” Okinawan folk art performances such as Eisa and Lion Dance and performances regardless of age and district will be performed. Food and beverage stalls will be placed around the venue, so, performers and visitors can enjoy the festival.

Sunday’s events run 1 p.m. ~ 9 p.m. In the event of bad weather, the Youth Festival will be rescheduled to September 16th. Performances on Sunday include Eisa dance performance by children’s association, Japanese traditional drums, The art of using a stick as a weapon, Eisa dance performance, and Lion dance, locally known as Shishimai.

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