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Kajimaya, Traditional Celebration of Longevity

Date Posted: 2000-10-13

Kajimaya, an Okinawan tradition celebrating long life, falls on September 7th in the old calendar this year. In former times people who had reached the age of 97 used to walk around their villages receiving congratulations. Now, they dress up themselves and drive around their towns in colorfully decorated open cars. There are a lot of them because Okinawa has the longest life span in Japan. In deference to the Okinawan belief that as people get older they start to have the hearts of children, they hold pinwheels in their hands.

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