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Festivals postponed by typhoon threats

Date Posted: 2007-10-08

From the southern islands to Naha City, Super Typhoon Krosa put a damper on Okinawa’s weekend activities.
The 30th annual Ryukyu Kingdom Festival, including the great tug-of-war scheduled for Sunday on Highway 58, has been postponed until next weekend. The festival begins on Saturday the 13th, with the parade and tug-of-war coming Sunday afternoon. The parade starts at 1:45 p.m. on Kokusai Street, followed by ceremonies and the tug-of-war.
Super Typhoon Krosa, crossed Taipei, Taiwan during the early morning hours Sunday, then turned northeast, skirting the China coast on a path toward Korea. Krosa expected to be packing winds of 120 knots (138mph/222kph) as it approaches Taiwan.
Okinawa’s southern islands most likely to be heavily impacted by the high winds and heavy rains postponed a series of events scheduled for the weekend. Festivals on Ishigaki Island have been slipped to next weekend, despite the island having an athletic stadium capable of withstanding typhoon forces. Also delayed to next week is the Ishigaki City 60th Anniversary Festival.
The Yaeyama District Athletic Games have been postponed a week, as has the Yaeyama Agricultural High School’s 70th Anniversary ceremonies. A series of elementary school athletic sports meetings called Undou-kai has been postponed as well, to the dismay of excited school children.

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