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Shurijo Castle Festival Welcomes Chinese Ambassadors

Date Posted: 2000-10-21

The Shurijo Castle Festival starts next Friday October 27 and runs throughout the weekend until Sunday evening. On each of the three days there will be traditional entertainment on Shurijo’s event stage, all through the day, starting at 9.30 a.m. and finishing at 5 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be traditional dance and dramas welcoming ambassadors from China, a custom dating from 1718. In addition to this program on Saturday and Sunday there will be a parade to the gate of Shurijo Castle at 1 p.m. On Sunday there will be a Ryukyu dynasty parade on Kokusai Street in Naha from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. There will be three kinds of group in the parade. A Ryukyu royal group will include king, queen, ministers, regents, soldiers and servants. The next group will be Chinese ambassadors, accompanied by officials, soldiers and servants bearing presents for the king. The third group will comprise Rykyuan performing artists, including dancers with Eisa drums, young singers, female dancers in red dresses and Yotsutake dancers, who perform with pieces of bamboo they bang together rhythmically.

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