Hey! check out these fabulous festivities on Okinawa!
Editor's note: There's some great events coming up , so get off base and check them out! (This was updated October 20)
41ST OKINAWA SANGYO FESTIVAL: Oct. 27-29, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; introducing agricultural, marine, woodcraft and pottery products made on Okinawa, along with live music and eisa performances at Onoyama Park and Okinawa Budokan, 5-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-859-6191.
MINAMI DAITO-SON SANGYO MATSURI: Oct. 28, 10 a.m.; Village’s specialty goods exhibits including sugar canes, tuna dismantling show, tug-of-war, Bingo; at Minami Daito-son Fureai Park; 098-022-2184.
YOMITAN VILLAGE MATSURI: Oct. 28-29; 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; featuring traditional live stage of dance and performances by 300 local musians and dancers, and create a play of Taiki, close kin of Yomitan, from Ming Dynasty by a “Tribute Ship” by local residents at Yomitan Athletic Field; free; 60-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-982-9201.
GINOZA-SON (VIILLAGE) MATSURI: Oct. 28-29, noon-9 p.m.; featuring traditional live stages, children’s dance, youth eisa-dance, Okinawa sumo, haunted house and 1,000 fireworks display at Ginoza-son Sports Complex (Sogo Taikukan); near Ginoza Village Office; 098-968-5125.
NISHIHARA FESTIVAL: Oct. 28-29, 1-9 p.m., marching band, dance festival, live music performances, traditional performing arts, charity drawing, fireworks; 098-945-4533; www.town.nishihara.okinawa.jp/news/nishihara-fes2.html
8TH ECO ISLAND MIYAKOJIMA MARATHON: Oct. 29, 9 a.m., cost: 5,000 yen-full marathon, 4,000-half marathon (3,000 for high schoolers), 3,000-10K (1,500 for high schoolers); at Miyakojima City Athletic Field (start & finish line), 098-073-1881.
KARATE NO HI (KARATE DAY): Oct. 29, 1:30-4:45 p.m., Karate lessons, Karate demonstrations, at Kokusaidori; 098-945-4533.
TAKETOMIJIMA TANADUI: Oct. 30-31, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., festival dedicated to sowing in the sacred land; at Yumuchion on Taketomijima, 098-082-5445.
OKINAWAN TRADITIONAL PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL: Nov. 3, noon-6 p.m.; experience Okinawan traditional performing arts including traditional dance, Eisa, taiko (Japanese drums), karate, folk performing art along with street performances and more; Okinawa Zoo & Museum (kodomonokuni); free; 098-933-4190; www.kodomo.city.okinawa.okinawa.jp/accessmap/index.html.
SHURI CASTLE FESTIVAL: Nov. 3-5; a reproduction of the ceremony during the Ryukyu Dynasty era to welcome envoys; Okinawan citizens in period costume parade from the castle to Kokusai-dori Street on Nov. 3, 12:50-3:30 p.m., another traditional parade in costume marches along Kokusai Dori (street) on Nov. 5, 12:50-2:30 p.m.; Shuri Castle Park, 1-2 Shuri Kinjo-cho, Naha city, Okinawa prefecture; 098-886-2020; www.oki-park.jp/shurijo/en/.
KOZA MOTOR SPORT FESTIVAL: Nov. 4-5, noon-5 p.m. on 4th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on 5th, free admission - demonstrations by top racers, parent-child motorcycle riding corner & traffic safety class, exhibitions by auto manufactures in Okinawa (includes motorcycles and automobiles), auto-related company booths, police booth, JAF booth (issuance of Traffic Safety License for kids), live entertainment, talk shows, and more, no parking at the festival site; please take shuttle bus or other public transportations; at Okinawa Goza Athletic Park; 098-927-7670; www.kozaweb.jp/event/detail.html?&sp=true&id=3377
YOMITAN YAMUCHIN & CRAFTS MARKET: Nov. 4-5 (postponed from Oct. 21-22), 10 a.m.-7 p.m., ceramics and glass studio exhibits, charity auction at 4 p.m. on the 5th; at Gala Aoiumi; 098-958-3940.
53RD ISHIGAKI FESTIVAL: Nov. 4-5, stage performance, folk entertainment, and Saturday Night Music Live on 4th, parade, stage performance, Sunday Night Music Live, and fireworks on 5th; 098-082-1533; www.yaeyama.or.jp/
ZAMAMI ISLAND FAN APPRECIATION MONTH: Nov. 4-25, Islanders’ traditional performance arts every Saturday 6 p.m., photo contest, treasure hunt, band performance, Eisa, Ryukyu dance, stirring music with whale drums, beautiful Hawaiian hula dance, comedy shows, all performed by Zamami islanders; 098-987-2277; www.zamami-diving.la.coocan.jp/
16TH SHOUHASHI HALF MARATHON IN NANJO: Nov. 5, 9 a.m.; start and finish line at Nanjo City Cultural Center Sugar Hall; 098-947-6866; www.shouhashi.jp/
32ND ALL OF OKINAWA ISLANDS LION DANCE FESTIVAL: Nov. 5, 6 p.m.; seven lion dance teams throughout in Okinawa get together at Uruma City Agena Bullring; free admission; free shuttle bus available between 4-9:30 p.m. from Uruma Shimin Geijyutsu Gekijo; 098-923-7182; www.city.uruma.lg.jp.e.up.hp.transer.com/culture/1249/9113/11100.
WORLDWIDE EISA FESTIVAL 2017: Nov. 4-5; Grand Prix divisions’ preliminary on Sat., kids & junior divisions & Grand Prix final, National Theatre Okinawa; 1,500 yen for Grand Prix preliminary and kids & junior divisions, 2,000 yen for Grand Prix final; http://eisa-okinawa.com/, www.nt-okinawa.or.jp/.
TOUR DE OKINAWA BICYCLE RACE 2017: Nov. 11-12; featuring touring events and races for more than 4,700 participants including men’s championship race (210 km), six cycling events and 14 road races for citizens; NPO Tour de Okinawa Office 0980-54-3174; www.tour-de-okinawa.jp/.