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Commodore Perry Festival This Weekend

Date Posted: 2003-07-18

Naha City’s pulling out all the stops this weekend to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Commodore Perry’s first visit to Okinawa. An American Festival in Tomarin, downtown Naha, is being staged Sunday and Monday, and a Perry Exhibition will run through July 27th. The festival is free, and open to the general public.

Perry, commanding an American fleet, landed at Naha Port, hub of the Ryukyus, in 1853, then moved on to mainland Japan, bringing U.S. technology and opening Japan to the modern world and ending the country from its self-imposed isolation.

Event organizers say they view Perry’s visit a significant event in Japanese and Ryukyu history, and hope it will promote future tourism to Naha. The organizers include Naha City, the Naha Tourism Association, Okinawa Television Network, Ryukyu Shimpo, American Chamber of Commerce in Okinawa, and the American Consulate Naha.

Main Events & Stage Performances

Sunday, June 20th
1650 -- Opening Ceremony, with Commodore Perry participating
1700 -- Foreign Children’s Eisa
1715 Terry Sigeta Jazz Quintet
1815 Arm Wrestling Competition (U.S. vs. Okinawa)
1915 Byron Jones (American sanshin performer)
2010 Nancy ( Amerasian Singer and top FM Okinawa DJ)

Main Events & Stage Performances

Monday, June 21st
1700 The Beer Garden (Okinawa musical group)
1750 Bikinis (Okinawa musical group)
1840 Agape Fellowship Revival Center (American gospel music group)
1930 New Towner (Japanese musical group)
2020 Rubies (Three American & Okinawan female singers)

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