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Koinobori Festival fun waiting at Haneji Dam

Date Posted: 2007-05-02

Tens of thousands of koinobori, colorful carp streamers, are flying throughout Okinawa this week, including at Haneji Dam in northern Okinawa.

The streamers festoon bridges, streets and overpasses, and homes all over the country to promote successes in life and health for all sons. The 14th annual Haneji Dam Koinobori Festival is taking place tomorrow and Saturday, and organizers are inviting the entire Okinawa community. The koinobori will fly through Sunday in honor of Tango no Sekku, the Boys’ Festival. A girls’ festival was held in March.

The koinobori have been flying since last Sunday in the Haneji Dam area as a prelude to the festival.

Free canoe rides to the first 90 people arriving at the festival grounds will begin at 10am. A second round of free canoe rides for 120 people will take place in the afternoon.

The Haneji Dam Koinobori Festival stage will feature kids’ sumo wrestling competition at 11am, followed at 1:30am by an arm wrestling competition. Eisa Dancing takes place at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the stage action at 11am features Taiko drums performing, followed at 1:30pm by a Kids Singing Contest.

Canoe rides will again be offered Saturday, with 90 in the morning, and 120 in the afternoon.
There is a dam on a slightly elevated hill. Green is deep, and air is fresh. In an institution of a dam, you can see a replica of the animals and plants of a neighborhood, and you can watch the move which you can know how important of water for free. It is the institution which I recommended in families.

To attend the festival, take Highway 58 toward Nago. Pass the JUSCO Nago store on your left, then proceed about two kilometers (1 ¼ miles). You will see many festival falgs along the river. Turn right and go uphill toward the dam.

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