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Urasoe Tesako Festival highlights this weekend

Date Posted: 2005-07-22

The Urasoe Tedako Festival is held on this Saturday and Sunday in the Urasoe Athletic Park. It is often said that when the people of Urasoe City talk about how to best express the feeling of summer, most of them will refer to the Urasoe City Tedako Festival.

The festival originally started as part of the "Tedako City, Urasoe" project in 1978. Citizens groups such as the self-government council, the women's association, the society for the elderly, the youth alliance council, the city Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Junior Chamber of Commerce organize and run the festival that normally attracts about 140,000 people.

The highlight of the festival is the "Taiko Drum Carnival of Urasoe", held on the first day of the festival starting at 7:30 p.m.. Other attractions include plenty of food and cold drinks. Fireworks are displayed on both days starting 9.15 p.m.

Tedako means "sun child." The origin of the name comes from the time when Urasoe flourished as a castle town. One of the original rulers, King Eiso, was often addressed with the title Tedako as an honorific.

At the same time, a parallel festival is held at Urasoe Fishing Port that features a fish market and dragon boat races. The events at the port start from 10 a.m. on both days.
To get to the festival grounds, travel south on Hwy 58. Turn left at the traffic light by a large Nissan dealership. Go straight until you come to a bridge that takes you over Hwy 330. The Urasoe Athletic Park is on left once you have crossed the bridge.

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