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Year 2000 Summit PreEevent Planned for Oct. 23rd

Date Posted: 1999-10-30

Okinwan traditional music, Kumiodori, and Okinawan dances will be in performance as a pre-event of the Summit Meeting at the Gajumaru-Ryokuchi Plaza next to Hinpun Gajumaru (Big Banyan Tree, the symbol of Nago City) on Saturday, Oct. 23rd from 18:30.

Nago City Summit Promoting Committee, Nago City Board of Education and Kyuugen Oyadomari, a “living national treasure”, sponsored this event to promote Okinawan traditional arts and culture. The occasion is named Chouyou-no-Utage (Autumn Evening Festival) because the word, “Chouyou” stands for season of September and this event will be held on September 15th by the lunar calendar. In China, even are considered to be positive numbers. The word “You” of “Chouyou” means positive in Japanese. Chinese people had the custom of holding events to free themselves from evil spirits on the 9th of September. This Chinese custom was imported to mainland Japan during the Edo era, and its form was changed into the Autumn Harvest Festival around the Meiji period, and then named Chouyou-no-Utage.

During the event that will be held at Gajumaru-Ryokuchi, in Nago City, the living national treasure of Kumiodori, Kyuugen Oyadomari, will play one of the main characters of the famous Okinawan Kumiodori, “Timiji-nu-En” written by Choubin Heshikiya. It is based on the legends told of spring in Kyoda, Nago City. This Kumiodori is a love story of a young, upper-class man and a young lady from the lower-classes. Okinwan dance and folk songs will also be performed all through period of the event.

Admission to this cultural occasion is free. In case of bad weather, it will be postponed to the next day, October 24th. The sponsors of the event expect that it will draw the residents of Okinawa closer to their local culture and arts. After all, Okinawa has so much to be proud of in this world.

Directions to the Gajumaru-ryokuchi:

Make a right turn from the corner McDonalds located along HW58. Turn to the right when you get to a junction where the San-A supermarket is located. Then, make a turn to the left at the first traffic light. You will see the big Gajumaru tree in the middle of the road. The Gajumaru-Ryokuchi is on the left side of this tree, on the opposite side of the parking lot.

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