Much to do on Okinawa! Check these events out!

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Much to do on Okinawa! Check these events out!

by: Stripes Okinawa | .
published: June 22, 2018

Editor's note: There's some great events coming up, so get off base and check them out! (This was updated June 22)

ITOMAN HA-RE-: Jun. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dragon Boat Race at Itoman Fishing Port Naka District; free admission; 098-992-2011;

OMINATOGAWA HA-RE- KAIJINSAI: Jun. 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dragon Boat Race at the Minatogawa Fishing Harbor; free admission; 098-998-2261.

KUME JIMA HA-RI-: Jun. 24 at several ports on Kume Island; free admission;

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;

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;

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;

SONGS DAY: Jun. 24, 3:30 p.m.; Songs Day concert to appreciate songs as musicians and audience sing along; tickets: adults-3,000 yen, junior high and high school students-1,000 yen; elementary or younger-free admission (must be accompanied by a guradian); at the Okinawa Prefecture Kadena Kanehisa Seaside Park; 098-898-1331;

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;

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;

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;

29TH JAPAN'S WESTERNMOST YONAGUNI ISLAND INTERNATIONAL MARLIN FISHING: July 6-8, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; at Kubura Fishing Port; free admission; 098-087-2241;

Daibo Dam Festival: July 7, 1-5:30 p.m.; canoeing experience, candle night, dam tour, etc. at the Daibo Dam lake shore and Shioya Port; 098-044-3007;

ORION BEER FEST 2018: July 7, 3:30-9 p.m.; live performances and fireworks; free admission; at Ishigaki City Shinei Park; 098-877-5050;

35TH PEACFUL LOVE ROCK FESTIVAL: July 14, Noon; at Koza Music Town in Okinawa City; free admission; 098-932-1949;

30TH MEMORIAL IHEYA FESTIVAL: July 14-15, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; marine activities, traditional performing arts, etc.; free admission; at Iheya island Yonezaki; 098-046-2800;

EXPLORE THE CAVE IN THE SOUTHERN ISLAND: July 14-Sept. 30; July 14-Aug.31 Mon.-Fri. at 10 and 11 a.m.; Sat., Sun., holidays at 10, 11 a.m., & 2 p.m.; Sept. 1-30, Mon-Fri at 10 a.m.; Sat., Sun., holidays at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Caving in the Cave Gyoku Sendo; 3,000 yen fees and 1,000 yen for caving gear rental; Children below 4th grade must be accompanied by a guardian; 3,000 yen for a married couple on July, Aug., Sept. 22; reservation required; parking available; 098-949-7421;

PORT ISHIGAKI FESTIVAL 2018 : July 16; yacht sailing, Japan Coast Guard partrol boat tour, etc.; free parking lot available; at the Port Ishigaki remote island tarminal; 098-082-4046;

NIGHT ZOO SATUR-ZOO NIGHT: Okinawa Zoo & Museum will be open until 9 p.m. every Saturday from late July and throughout summer break; 098-933-4190; admissions: adults-500 yen, junior high-high school students-200 yen, K-6-100 yen, 3 years old and younger-free; 098-933-4190;

35TH UNNA FESTIVAL: July 21-22, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Eisa by youth, stage events, fireworks (from 9 p.m. on both days), etc.; at the Onna Son Community Square; free admission; 098-966-1280.

MOTOBU MARINE FESTIVAL: July 21-22; Ha-Ri races, live music, Ryukyu drum performances, etc.; free admission; at the Motobu Central Public Hall and Port of Toguchi; 098-047-2700; free admission; free parking lot available.

15TH KADENA SOCIAL BEER FESTA: July 27, 5-9 p.m.; Karaoke, live music performances, etc.; free admission; at Kadena-cho Rotary Club Plaza; 098-956-7342.

2018 KUJIRA KAIKYO TOKASHIKI FESTIVAL: July 27-28; Biggest summer event on Tokashiki Island; Taiko (drum) performance, Eisa, fireworks, etc. at Tokashiki Son Elementary-Middle School; free admission; 098-987-2430.

35TH TOMIGUSUKU FESTIVAL: July 28-29, 2-9 p.m.; free admission; at the Toyosaki Kaihin Park; 098-856-8766;

25TH KANNA DAM FESTIVAL: July 29; Events to feel the nature; Canoeing experience and woodwork shop; free admission; parking available; 098-968-5125;

30TH ALL OKINAWA CHILDREN EISA FESTIVAL: July 29; Children’s Eisa performances at the Toyosaki Chura SUN Beach stage; free admission; parking available; 098-850-3280.

OYAMA GIANT TUG-OF-WAR: July 29, 5 p.m.; at Oyama Elementary School Ground; 098-897-3303.

MASHIKI GIANT TUG-OF-WAR: in the afternoon of July 29 (time TBA); free admission; at Mashiki Junior High School Ground; 098-897-3765.

KUROSHIMA HOUNENSAI: Late July-early August; several dedication arts performed at the Miyazato Beach; 098-082-5445

1ST SHITAKUISHOU TENRANKAI: July 20-22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; exhibition of Yonabaru Tug of war (with 440 years of history) costumes; dressing and photo sessions available (first come, first served basis; 1,000 yen); free admission; at the Yonabaru-cho Community Center; 098-945-5323;

2018 KUMEJIMA FESTIVAL: Aug. 4-5, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Okinawa Sumo; ghost leg lottery; live music concerts, fireworks and more for 2 days; at the Kumejima-cho Fureai Park; free admission; 098-851-9162;

24TH 10,000 PEOPLE’S EISA DANCE PARTY: Aug. 5, 1-6:30 p.m., Eisa parade on a mile-long Kokusai Street; various Eisa performances and you can even join the parade on the day (1,000 yen for impromptu participation); 098-863-2755;

GIMA SHIRADOZO SUMO: Aug. 6, 2-8 p.m.; One of the five annual whole Kume Island Okinawa Sumo competitions; register on the day of the event to participate; at the Gima Shiradozo; 098-896-7010;

SHANADO NANZAJO SUMO: Aug. 7; 2-8 p.m.; One of the five annual whole Kume Island Okinawa Sumo competitions; register on the day of the event to participate; at the Janado Community Center; 098-896-7010;

36TH YONABARU TUG OF WAR: Aug. 11-12; Giant tug of war event with 440 years of history; rope is 90 meters long and weighs 5 tons; at the Yonabaru-cho Udunyama Youth Square; 098-945-5323;

Southern Island Star Festival 2018: Aug. 11-19; A week full of stargazing events on Ishigaki Island; free admission; reservations required for some events; 098-082-1535;

KUNIGAMISON FESTIVAL: Aug. 18-19; stage live performances, Ha-Ri- (dragon boat race); fireworks, etc.; at Kunigami Middle School; free admission; 098-041-2101. * Event details will be finalized in early July.

19TH IZENA SHOEN-OH FESTIVAL: Aug. 18-19, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; children’s soccer, Ha-Ri-, character show, live music, fireworks, etc.; at the Izenason Rinkai Fureai Park; free admission; 098-045-2534.

ZAMAMI ISLAND FESTIVAL: Mid-Aug. date TBD; Eisa, Ryukyu dance, Hawaiian Hula dance, band performances, fireworks, various food stands at the Zamami Port Terminal Square; free admission; 098-896-4321;

HATERUMA ISLAND MUSHA-MA: Aug. 24; island’s biggest event that prays for the bumper year and the islanders’ safety; costume parade, dance; at the Hateruma Public Hall; 098-082-5445;

63TH OKINAWA ZENTO EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 31-Sept. 2; Biggest Eisa events for 3 days-Eisa Parade on Goya Crossroad 6-9 p.m., Aug. 31, Okinawa City Youth Festival at the Okinawa City Koza Sports Park 3-9 p.m. Sept. 1, Okinawa Zento Eisa at the Okinawa City Koza Sports Park 3-9 p.m., Sept. 2; free admission, fees (1,000-2,500 yen) apply for box seats; 098-937-3986;

NISHIME WHOLE ISLAND SUMO, NISHIME EISA: Late Aug. date TBD; at the old Nishime Bullring; free admission; 098-896-7010;