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Five rules to enjoy Eisa using your five senses

Date Posted: 2001-08-22

1. First of all, you should pay close attention to the performance of each group. Every group has their own characteristic dress, formation and harmony. Look at the concentration on their faces, their trained muscles beating the drums and sweat dripping from their foreheads.
2. Just listen to Sanshin and songs, the high-spirited festival music accented with brave Taiko beating, and loud cheers of near-by Uchinanchu (Okinawan) spectators, especially elder people.
3. Take a deep breath and enjoy the lively spirit of the young dancers.
4. Using your whole body, touch the wind of Okinawa that carries the heart of rhythm and performers.
5. At last, let your heart dance to the Eisa as it feels like doing (so). Move your body to the music, and remember, the joy is to be shared. Join hands with anyone who is around, and just dance until you are overjoyed.

Gushikawa Youth Eisa Festival – about 20 groups from various parts of the city
Date: Aug. 26 (Sun)
Place: Open space in front of the city hall
Information: Board of Education, Section of Social Education at 973-8386

Shin-machi Street Eisa – six groups from Kadena, Yomintan and Chatan
Date: Sep. 3 (Mon)
Place: Shin-machi Street in Kadena Town
Information: Kadena Town Board of Commerce at 956-2810

Heshikiya Eisa – local Eisa festival
Date: Sep. 3 (Mon)
Place: Uraga Hama Beach at Heshikiya in Katsuren Town
Information: Heshikiya Communicity Hall at 978-2231

The 46th All Okinawa Eisa Festival – Eisa groups from various parts of Okinawa. Orion Beer Festival is also held on the same dates and site.
Date: Sep. 8 & 9 (Sat. & Sun.)
Place: Koza Sports Park, Okinawa City
Information: City Hall, Section of Tourism at 939-1212

Naha Youth Festival – Eisa and other folk entertainment such as a ritual dance with lion mask
Date: Sep. 8 & 9 (Sat. & Sun.)
Place: Tomarin Open Air Space, Naha City
Information: Naha Youth Association at 853-5775, extension 190

Onna Village Eisa Festival– Eisa performed by community groups from each area of the village
Date: Sep. 9 (Sun)
Place: Fishing Port Sports Field, Onna Village
Information: Onna Village Youth Group Conference at 966-1202

Yomitan Village Youth Eisa Festival– Eisa pperformed by youth groups in the village, including an interesting Eisa style with some Karate form
Date: Sep. 9 (Sun)
Place: Peace Forest Stadium, Yomitan Village
Information: Youth Conference at 982-9292

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