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Weekend festivals accent dance, Okinawa products

By: Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2009-01-23

It’s a weekend of choices, with two distinctly different festivals offering up insights into Okinawa’s customs and culture.

Okinawa’s traditional culture plays out this weekend at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City, with two days of traditional Ryukyuan traditional dances, shi shi lion dances, dragon dances, Eisaa dance and the bamboo dance. The festival, the 112th Mori no Nigiwai Performing Arts Festival opens at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for first performances, with a second show each day at 5 p.m.

The 112th Mori no Nigiwai Performing Arts Festival is making its 31st appearance on Okinawa. The Japan-wide festival rotates from community to community under sponsorship of Japan Travel Bureau and JTB Okinawa. Tickets are available at the Okinawa Convention Center venue.

The festival will present not only the glory of the ancient Ryukyu Kingdom, but also a glimpse of traditional mainland Japan’s past. Aside from the shows, the festival will be filled with food and beverage booths, as well as Okinawa cultural displays and exhibits.

The other side of Okinawa is its homemade products, all of which are on display this Saturday and Sunday at the 32nd Okinawa City Industry Festival. The industry festival features Okinawan agricultural, marine and processed goods, as well as wood artifacts, laquerware, pottery, Awamori, foods and fashions. All items are made within Okinawa city.

The Industry Festival takes place at Okinawa Prefecture Comprehensive Athletic Park, 672 Hiyane, Okinawa City.

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