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Kampai! It's Orion Beer & Eisa weekend
[2012-09-07] The 57th All Okinawa Eisa Festival is Saturday and Sunday at Koza Athletic Park, attracting dozens of the island’s favorite eisa dance groups to perform both days as part of a weekend filled with music, foods and entertainment as the annual Orion Beer Festival runs concurrently in the same park.. Read More!
Golden Kings eye 2nd straight championship
[2012-09-07] The Ryukyu Golden Kings are still nearly two weeks away from putting a basketball on the hardwood to defend their Basketball Japan League championship, but already they’re doing the math on how to make it two in a row. The Okinawa pro basketball squad is doing public workouts now, introducing a new head coach, Koto Tohyama, as well as the newest team member, Terrance Woodbury. Read More!
Ancestor worship at heart of Obon
[2012-08-31] The people of Okinawa are welcoming the Obon festival today through Saturday, a time of paying homage to their ancestors. The Obon festival is held here according to the lunar calendar, and is sometimes called the celebration of the deceased ancestors. Read More!
Kyubon Bullfight Tournament in Ishikawa Dome
[2012-08-31] The annual Kyubon Togyu Tournament (Lunar Bon Bullfight Tournament) is set for Sunday at the Ishikawa Dome in Uruma City, the most significant bullfighting tournament on the island this year. The Sunday afternoon festival features not only exciting bull fighting, but also a belly dance show, an eisa performance and raffle prizes for the audience. Read More!
Okinawa World presents midsummer thrills
[2012-08-24] A 300,000-year-old cave, intentional meetings with the deadly Habu snake, and a chance to walk the streets of ancient Shuri Castle town are all awaiting visitors to Okinawa’s foremost theme park, Okinawa World. Okinawa World located south of the prefecture’s capital city of Naha is more often referred to as Gyokusendo, particularly among natives, but by either name, it’s a place worthy of a full day’s visit. Read More!
Tug of War pulls Yonabaru together
[2012-08-17] Prayers for a good harvest set the stage for Yonabaru Town’s traditional Tug of War Sunday, as thousands gather for one of the island’s largest festivals. The 30th annual Yonabaru Festival has evolved from more than 400 years of inherited traditions, where residents called upon the gods to provide a bountiful crops harvest and to chase devils away. Read More!
Kachashi contest Hagoromo Festival favorite
[2012-08-10] Ginowan City’s a great place to be this weekend, as the central Okinawa city celebrates its 35th annual Hagoromo Festival, an event that traditionally draws more than 100,000 spectators. With the concepts of international harmony and friendship as a backdrop, Saturday and Sunday’s festival at Kaihin Park near the Okinawa Convention Center, organizers have a full slate of top notch entertainers geared up to perform, as well as the ever-popular Kachashi competition. Read More!
Eyes are on Eisa on Kokusai Street Sunday
[2012-08-10] Drums—literally hundreds and hundreds of them—will set the beat for Sunday’s grand finale to Okinawa’s Eisa Parade featuring 10,000 dancers, an event postponed a week by projected anti-Osprey demonstrations and the antics of Typhoon Haikui. The 10,000 Eisa Parade’s crowning event is Sunday afternoon, with 10,000 dancers from 60 groups performing along a 1. Read More!
Nago Mayor's Cup Haarii postponed by week
[2012-08-06] The 34th Nago Mayor’s Cup Haarii Contest is re-set for Nago Fishing Port for Sunday, with dozens of teams competing for the coveted title because if the approaching typhoon this weekend. The annual event bringing together the Nago community, tourists and dragon boat race teams from across Okinawa and Japan kicks off at 8:30 a. Read More!
Beer gardens perfect way to beat the heat
[2012-08-03] Temperatures are hot, thirst is high, and everyone’s looking for a cool beverage, leading to the search for the perfect place to chill out and enjoy Okinawa’s ambience. Beer gardens were first introduced into mainland Japan’s big cities, where entrepreneurs realized that folks sweating in offices and on the streets during the summer heat were craving a place to cool down and relax. Read More!

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