Hey! Get off base and check out these festivities on Okinawa!

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Hey! Get off base and check out these festivities on Okinawa!

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Stripes Okinawa | .
published: May 19, 2017

Editor's note: There's some great events coming up , so get off base and check them out! (This was updated May 19)

TARAMA GOAT FIGHTING FESTIVAL: May 20, 1-5 p.m.; to promote local specialty of growing goats in Tarama village; see goat fighting at Tarama Village Multi-purpose Hiroba, 45-minute flight from Naha Airport to Miyakojima Airport, then take 20-minute flight to Shin Tarama Airport; free; 0980-79-2260.

OCEAN CUP 2017 GINOWAN-KUMEJIMA YACHT RACE: May 27, 6 a.m.-4 pm.; 55-mile race from Ginowan Marina to Kumejima Island; www.kumeisland.com/news/event/2017-1.html.

LOVE JAZZ TIME (Saitama prefecture): May 28, noon-3 p.m.; jazz performances from Saitama prefecture at Saitama Super Arena; free; 048-601-1122.

MAEGANEKU HARII DRAGON RACE: May 29, 9:30 a.m.; Maeganeku Fishing Pier; 098-964-2820; www.sealovers-okinawa.co.jp/eng.

ITOMAN HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: May 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; the dragon boat races are held in various fishing communities throughout Okinawa during the late spring and summer period. The tradition of the harii is linked to the Kaijin-sai (Unjami), or Fisherman Festival, observed to give thanks to the sea god and pray for the safety and prosperity of fishermen; Itoman Fisher Pier, Nishizaki of Itoman city, 30-minute ride on regular streets from Naha Airport; 098-992-2011.

MINATOGAWA HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: May 29, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., the tradition of the harii is linked to the Kaijin-sai (Unjami), or Fisherman Festival, observed to give thanks to the sea god and pray for the safety and prosperity of fishermen. The races are held in fishing communities throughout Okinawa in late spring and summer; about 20 boats to compete near at Minatogawa Fishery Port, Yaese town; 50-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-998-2261.
    
OUJIMA HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: May 29, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; the tradition of the harii is linked to the Kaijin-sai (Unjami), or Fisherman Festival, observed to give thanks to the sea god and pray for the safety and prosperity of fishermen. The races are held in fishing communities throughout Okinawa in late spring and summer; Oujima Beach; 35-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-948-7190.
 
MAEGANEKU HARII DRAGON RACE: May 29, 9:30 a.m.; Maeganeku Fishing Pier; 098-964-2820; www.sealovers-okinawa.co.jp/eng/.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL MIYAKOJIMA 2017: June 3-4; 24 teams each of men’s and women’s pairs and 80 mixed teams of four compete with awards 5 p.m. Sunday; Yonaha Maehama Beach, 15-minute ride from Miyakojima Airport; 0980-75-3824. 
 
OKINAWA SUMO TOURNAMENT: June 9, 2 p.m.; A great chance to see Okinawa originated Sumo (mixture of Judo and wrestling) at Maja Bosatsudo-mae Hiroba; Kume Islands, free admission; 30-minite ride from Kume Islands Airport and 35-minute flight from Naha to Kume Islands; 098-896-7010.
 
11TH CHATAN HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 15, 8 a.m.; the dragon boat races are held in various fishing communities throughout Okinawa during the late spring and summer period. The tradition of the harii is linked to the Kaijin-sai (Unjami), or Fisherman Festival, observed to give thanks to the sea god and pray for the safety and prosperity of fishermen; free; Chatan Town Fisher Pier; 40-minute ride on regular streets from Naha Airport; 098-936-1847. 
 
MIYAKO ISLAND ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 – SAVE THE SEA, SAVE THE SKY: June 17, noon; featuring Crossfaith, Flow, Flumpool, Kariyushi 58, My First Story, Monoeyes and Monkichi; Miyako Island Coastal Resort Hirara Special Outdoor Site; 6,000 yen (advanced ticket), 7,000 yen (at door), 4,000 yen students; 0980-72-6969; http://www.mirf.jp/.
 
EISA NIGHT: June 18, 3:30 p. m.; Okinawa city’s youth groups will gather and perform traditional Okinawan folk dance of Eisa; Okinawa City Outdoor Stage; free; 098-937-3986.

MANZA HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 18; the tradition of the harii is linked to the Kaijin-sai (Unjami), or Fisherman Festival, observed to give thanks to the sea god and pray for the safety and prosperity of fishermen. The races are held in fishing communities throughout Okinawa in late spring and summer; ANA Continental Manza Beach Resort; 50-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-966-1211; www.anaintercontinental-manza.jp/.

40TH ZAMAMI YACHT RACE: June 24, 8:25 a.m.-4 p.m.; 28-mile yacht race from Ginowan Port marina to Zamami Port. Sailors from throughout Japan participate; 40-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-987-2320.