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A festival of a different kind

By: Kenny Ehman

Date Posted: 1999-06-19

Plenty of goats and goat soup is what you'll find at Okinawa City's 4th annual Goat Festival. Goat, known locally as "Hija," is a traditionally ate at celebrations here on the island, and has long been a part of Okinawan country-life. The soup is a mixture of everything, including intestines. It is cooked in a huge pot over a flame for many hours. Although many first-time-eaters find the meat too strong tasting, it is a favorite of many Okinawans. "Hija" is also sometimes eaten raw - goat "sashimi," and the blood is made into a sausage.

The Okinawa City Goat Festival introduces the different ways to eat goat, along with providing an interesting look into a part of the Okinawan lifestyle. Even if you do not plan to eat "Hija," the kids may enjoy watching the festival's "goat contest,' and they can get close-up to the animals at the petting area.

The festival will take place from 10 am until 5 pm on Sunday, June 20 at the Farmers Association Training Center ("Nomin Kenshu Senta"), located next to Sun Palace. For more information call 939-1212.

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