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Ryukyu Kingdom Festa activities

Date Posted: 1998-10-09

Ryukyu Kingdom Festival, running from Friday through Oct. 17, offers one of the best opportunities t experience Okinawan traditions and culture. The many events of the festival will highlight every aspect of this unique island from past to present. Most of the events are concentrated in Naha area, and the best of all, most of them are free.

Eisa

Okinawan traditional Eisa dance is performed by various groups daily from Sunday through Friday at Palette Kumoji Plaza, in Naha City. Besides Eisa performed by different groups, the event features karate demonstrations and taiko drummers. The performances start 6:30 p.m and 20:30 daily with the final day’s performance beginning at 8 p.m.

Welcome dance

Traditional welcome dances are performed at Shuri Castle Park, daily from Sunday through Friday several times a day starting 10 a.m. The dances date back to the glory days of the Ryukyu Kingdom when its trading ships brought riches from all over far east Asia.

Naha Giant Tug-of-War

No one should miss the Giant Naha Tug-of-War. The event is the largest in the world and in recignized as such in the Guinness Book of records. The event takes place Saturday afternoon on Highway 58 in Kumoji, Naha City.

Okinawan Arts & Crafts Exhibition

You can try your own hand in Okinawan pottery or traditional dyeing techniques at the arts & crafts exhibition being held in the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City. The exhibition runs from Friday (10/16) through Sunday, and features many masters of traditional Okinawan folk crafts.

Friendship Party

Organizers extend a special invitation for Okinawa’s foreign residents to join at the friendship party at Palette Kumoji Plaza on the final day of the festival. The party starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, ending 7:30 p.m.

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