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Ishikawa Harbor Festival and Ginowan Hagoromo Festival this weekend

Date Posted: 1998-08-07

Two main events on tap this weekend are Ishikawa Harbor Festival in Ishikawa City, and Hagoromo Festival, to he held in Ginowan Sea Park, next to Okinawa Convention Center. Both festivals will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

Ishikawa Harbor festival which will be held for the 17th time, features rock concerts by local bands, children's eisa festival, beer chugging contests, Miss Ishikawa pageant, and of course, lots of food and drinks. The festival's opening ceremony will take place at 1:30 on Saturday. Sunday's events will run throughout the day, including Dragon Boat Races which commence at 10 a.m. at the beach. A fireworks display starting at 8:50, will end both day's festivities.

The festival will be held at Ishikawa Citizen's Athletic Park and beach. Ishikawa City is located on the west coast of Okinawa, just north of Okinawa City and Gushikawa. From Kadena, go straight out through KAB Gate 5. At the first major intersection, turn right on Hwy 329 and continue until you come to Ishikawa City. The festival grounds are by the shore at the center of the city.

Ginowan Hagoromo Festival has its roots in an old Okinawan folk tale. According to a legend, an angel landed by a pond in Ginowan in order to bath. While she was bathing, a local farmer hid her wings and she couldn't return to heaven. Eventually she married the farmer and bore him a son. Later, she accidentally discovered her wings and returned to her heavenly home.

Hagoromo Festival opening ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a day-long line-up of live music. Sunday's main event is Ginowan Music Festival '98 starting at 5 p.m. on Seaside Park's outdoor Stage. Fireworks starting at 9:30 will end the festival on both days.

The festival is held at Ginowan Seaside Park. To get there head south on Hwy 58 from Camp Foster Kitamae Gate. At the first traffic light take right, head about 200 meters towards the sea and then take left at the traffic light. The Seaside Park will be on the right next to the convention center and Laguna Garden Hotel.

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