Hey! check out these fabulous festivities on Okinawa!
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published: August 15, 2017
Editor's note: There's some great events coming up , so get off base and check them out! (This was updated August 15)
SOUTHERN ISLANDS STAR FESTIVAL 2017: Through Aug. 20; Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory and Vera Ishigaki Astronomical Observatory are open to the public during the festival, and events include evening concert and observatory session; 15-minute drive from the center of Ishigaki city; 0980-82-1535.
GAKIYA TUG-OF-WAR: Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; the giant tug-of-war, in which local citizens pull a rope, plus Eisa dance and more at Gakiya Community Center, Iheya Village, 74-minute ferry and vehicle ride from Unten-port, Nakijin; 0980-46-2800.
GIMASHIRADOGURA (KUMEJIMA) OKINAWA SUMO TOURNAMENT: Aug. 16, 2-8 p.m.; see Okinawa-originated Sumo (mixture of Judo and wrestling) or give it a try at Gimashiradogura, Kume Islands, 10-minute ride from Kumejima Airport; free; 098-896-7010.
JANADO NANZAJO OKINAWA SUMO TOURNAMENT: Aug. 17, 2-8 p.m.; A Okinawa-originated sumo (mixture of Judo and wrestling) or give it a try to match with at Janado Nanzajo, Kume islands, free admission; 7.5-mile from Kumejima Airport; 098-896-7010.
YONABARU TUG-OF-WAR: Aug. 19 & 20; local citizens will pull a rope on Sat., and tug-of-war is 5 p.m. Sun. at Udunyama Youth Square, 25-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-945-5323.
KUNIGAMI VILLAGE MATSURI: Aug. 19 & 20; features performances, Eisa by local youths, hari dragon races, fireworks 9:20 p.m. Sun., and more at Kunigami Middle School’s playground, one-hour and 45-minute ride from Naha Airport; free parking lot available; 098-041-2101.
NISHIME ALL ISLAND EISA AND OKINAWA SUMO TOURNAMENT: Aug. 20, 2-8 p.m.; eisa dance and Okinawa originated sumo (mixture of Judo and wrestling) at former Nishime Bull Ring, 30-minute ride from Kumejima Airport; free; 098-896-7010.
SUMMER NIGHT ZOO: Through Aug. 26, 6-9 p.m., closed Tue.; see animals in th evening at Okinawa Zoo & Museum (kodomonokuni); 500 yen adults, 200 yen senior high school and junior high school students, 100 yen children; 098-933-4190; www.okzm.jp.
CHILDREN’S DRAWING CONTEST: Through Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; bring pencils and crayons to sketch at Neo Park Okinawa, 90-minute ride from Naha Airport or 20-minute ride from Kyoda I.C. on Okinawa Express; 300 yen includes admission, drawing paper and food for birds; 0980-52-6348.
INSECT FESTIVAL: Through Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; a get familiar with bugs such as beetles at Neo Park Okinawa, 90-minute ride from Naha Airport; or 20-minute ride from Kyoda I.C. on Okinawa Express; 500 yen includes admission; 0980-52-6348.
RYUKYUMURA SUMMER FESTIVAL: Through Aug. 31, 6-8:30 p.m., closed Sun. & Mon.; all-you-can eat barbecue, traditional live performances, amusement arcade and bug-viewing tour 8 p.m., Ryukyumura, 60-minute ride from Naha Airport; 3,500 yen adults, 2,800 yen ages 6-15, 1,000 yen ages 3-5 for two hours; 098-965-1234; www.ryukyumura.co.jp/en.
SHIOYA BAY UNJAMI MATSURI: Sept. 9, 11 a.m.; Shioya Bay Tanna Asagi, 30-minute ride from Kyoda IC on Okinawa Express; 098-0980-44-2453; http://kanko.vill.ogimi.okinawa.jp/village/ungami/index_en.html.
62ND ALL OKINAWA EISA FESTIVAL: Sept. 15, 7 p.m., and Sept. 16 & 17, 3 p.m.; Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Okinawa City Youth Eisa, Sept. 16, 3 p.m., All Okinawa Eisa at Okinawa City Koza Athletic Park, Sept. 17, 3 p.m. Eisa parade at the Goya crossroads; Eisa, lion dance and taiko (Japanese drums) at Koza Athletic Park Athletic Field; 1,000-1,500-2,500 yen; 098-937-3986.
ORION BEER FEST 2017 IN KOZA: Sept. 16 & 17; enjoy fresh beer, food, live music and more at Okinawa city Koza Athletic Park, 2-1-1 Moromizato, Okinawa City, Okinawa; 098-877-4511.
SUMMER FESTA IN KANNA BEACH: Sept. 16; varieties of ocean attractions including sea kayak, banana boat, ocean floating gears and more at Kanna Beach; 60-minute ride from Naha Airport or 13-minute ride from Kin I.C. on Okinawa Express; 098-968-8787.