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A Weekend of Exciting Matsuris

Date Posted: 1999-10-19

Bull fighting, a free concert, and fireworks are some of the exciting things Gushikawa City has planned this year for their annual festival. Entering its 25th year, organizers are expecting a large turnout as usual. The fun begins on Saturday, October 16 and will happen again the following day on Sunday, October 17. All events will occur around the Gushikawa City Hall.

Saturday’s festivities will showcase karate demonstrations, a taiko drum performance, the crowning of "Miss Gushikawa" and a Jazz concert. There will also be a special bonsai tree exhibit, and many Gushikawa products will be on sale. One of the highlights of the first day will be a series of Okinawan bullfights, which have a long history here on the island. Attendance at the bullfights is free. They will take place between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Arena "Togyu jo" (Bullfight Arena).

Sunday will see a variety of Okinawan dances, a costume parade, and Gushikawa's famous "dragon" dance. Visitors will enjoy local music at Stage 1, or head on over to Stage 3 for a live rock concert!

Minoru Yokoda of the Gushikawa City Festival Planning Office says that the city is inviting all foreign residents to attend. "We don't have any famous entertainers, but everything is done by the local citizens and the atmosphere is friendly. We want everyone to enjoy themselves."

There will be plenty of food and drink, and fireworks shows on both days. The Gushikawa City Hall, is out of Kadena’s Gate 2, then a left on to Highway 330 going straight past the Agena Intersection. The city hall is on the right.

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