Fun events await you on Okinawa!
Stripes Okinawa | .
published: April 23, 2018
Editor's note: There's some great events coming up, so get off base and check them out! (This was updated April 23)
YAESE KOINOBORI ASHIBI: April 29, approximately 500 koinobori-carp streamers will be hoisted up to celebrate the Children's Day season at the Minatogawa Community Center; free admission; 098-998-2344; www.town.yaese.lg.jp/yaese_sight/.
16TH TARAMA JIMA PINDA A-SU: in May TBD; Pinda A-su is the island's dialect meaning (Pinda-local breed) goat fighting; a biannual event for the island's tourism promotion; at the Tarama Son Multi-purpose Square; 098-079-2664; www.vill.tarama.okinawa.jp/.
HANEJI DAM KOINOBORI FESTIVAL: Early May, 300 carp streamers will be hoisted up; Eisa performance, eel grabfest, canoe experience at the venue; free admission (excpet canoe experience); 098-053-7530.
29TH OKU YANBARU KOINOBORI FESTIVAL: May 3-5; 700 carp streamers will be hoisted up at the Oku Yanbarunosato Kasen Park; Eisa, folk song stage performances; local speciality goods and food exhibitions; free admission; 098-050-4141.
10TH KINCHO TANBO FESTA IN NATURE MIRAI KAN: May 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Playing in rice field, canoe experience, huge nagashi soumen; variety of food available by moving stalls; at the Nature Mirai Kan; free admission; 098-968-6117; www.nature-kin.com/.
44TH NAHA HA-RI-: May 3-5, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dragon Boat Race-Biggest Golden Week event on Okinawa; at the Shinkofuto Central Tyokuchi Park; 098-862-1442; www.naha-navi.or.jp/.
38TH KODOMO RYUKYU GEINO HONO: May 5, 2-3 p.m.; Ryukyu traditional dance and music performances by Okinawan child entertainers and Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts on Children's Day; at the Okinawa Peace Hall; 098-997-3011; www.kinendo.okinawakyoukai.jp/event/index.html.
OKINAWA ZOO & MUSEUM FESTIVAL 2018: May 3-6, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Shows by dancers, musicians, street performers at the stage; special worshops; full of events to celebrate the Children's Day; 500 yen for adults; 200 yen for junior high and high school students; free for elementary school students and younger; 098-933-4190; www.okzm.jp/.
KUMEJIMA FIREFLY OBSERVATION MEETING: Through May 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; preserve Okinawa's natural treasure Kumejima Firefly; 2,500 yen for adults, 1,500 yen for children and 500 yen for infants to participate; 098-896-7100; www.kumejima.wixsite.com/kumejimahotaru2.
23RD IE ISLAND LILY FESTIVAL: Through May 6; More than 100 kinds of lilies will be in full bloom at the Ieson Lily Field Park; free admission; 098-049-2906; www.iejima.org/.
35TH OKINAWA FLOWER CARNIVAL: Through May 6; Event inludes: Welcome Flower Campaign, Flower Message School Contest, Flower Message Photo Contest, Flower Rally; more details will be available on the website; 098-859-0792; www.okinawastory.jp/event/600009744.
OCEAN CUP 2018: YACHT RACE GINOWAN-KUMEJIMA: May 26, 6 a.m.-3p.m.; commendation ceremony at the Resort Hotel Kume Island (only those who participate in the race can attend the ceremony. 10,000 registration fee); free to watch the race; 098-985-8001; www.kumeisland.com/.
19TH BEACH VOLLEY MIYAKO JIMA 2018: Jun. 2-3; Beach volleyball tournament at Miyako Island's Yonahamaehama Beach; register by May 11; registration fee: 4-player team-10,000 yen, 2-player team-5,000 yen; 4-player team must consist of 2 males and 2 females; free to watch; 098-073-1881; www.bvmm.jp/.
SEA WATER DREAM FESTIVAL: Jun. 10; Jun. 12 is set as Kume Island's Deep Ocean Water Day (as the island's water intake is from water depth 612 meters); deep ocean water item sales, Foot Cool event to experience the cold deep ocean water, etc.; venue TBD; free admission; 098-851-9162; www.town.kumejima.okinawa.jp/.
TOMARIIYUMACHI, FATHER'S DAY FISH FAIR-TUNA FESTIVAL: Jun. 16-17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; free admission; 098-868-1096.
ITOMAN HA-RE-: Jun. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dragon Boat Race at Itoman Fishing Port Naka District; free admission; 098-992-2011; www.city.itoman.lg.jp/kankou-navi/.
OUJIMA KAIJINSAI HA-RI-: Jun. 17, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Dragon Boat Race at the Oujima Fishing Harbor; free admission; social gathering after the races; 098-948-7190.
MINATOGAWA HA-RE- KAIJINSAI: Jun. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dragon Boat Race at the Minatogawa Fishing Harbor; free admission; 098-998-2261.
KUME JIMA HA-RI-: Jun. 17 & 24 at several ports on Kume Island; free admission; www.kanko-kumejima.com/.
MEMORIAL DAY-PEACE PILLAR OF LIGHT: Jun.22-23, 6-10 p.m.; Five pillars of light representing war victioms from five different counites will be lit up in Mabuni, the final battle sight of the Battle of Okinawa; at the Okinawa Senseki Quasi-National Park; free admission; 098-997-2765; www.heiwa-irei-okinawa.jp/.
MIYAKO ISLAND ROCK FESTIVAL 2018 ～SAVE THE SEA, SAVE THE SKY～: Jun. 23, noon; Advance ticket: 6,000 yen, 7,000 yen at the door; 4,000 yen for students (Tsutaya Miyako Island Store sales only); all unreserved seats; www.mirf.jp/.
SABANI HANSOU RACE: Jun. 23-24; 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. award ceremony and party from 6 p.m.; sailing race from Zamami Island (Furu Zamami Beach) to Naha Port; 098-987-2277; www.photowave.jp/sabani_s/index.html.
MAJA INAHO SAI SUMO: Jun. 28, 2 p.m.; One of the five annual whole Kume Island Okinawa Sumo competitions; register on the day of the event to participate; free to watch; at the Maja Bosatsudo Square; 098-896-7010; www.kanko-kumejima.com/.
SUTSU UNAPUKA: May through June; Sutsu means season, Unapuka means celebration, gratitude, and festival; originally; this is a festival to offer millet, so it takes place in the lunar calendar's May, the harvest time for millet; free admission; 098-079-2664; www.vill.tarama.okinawa.jp/.
ZAMAMI YACHT RACE: Jun. 30; Okinawa's most historical yacht race; races from Ginowan Marina to Zamami Port; free experience test-ride event is planned after the race; free admission; 098-987-2320; www.vill.zamami.okinawa.jp/.