Chatan Nirai Dragon Boat Race to come back June 23

Chatan Nirai Dragon Boat Race to come back June 23

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Next weekend, the Chatan Nirai Harii, the excitement of “one beat one beat” is coming back.  

The 13th installment of the race, will be held June 23 at Hamakawa Port near Camp Foster and Kadena Air Base.

This year, six of the 50 teams participating include American competitors.

Go for the race, but stick around for the fun activities like an all-you-can-grab-fish competition for kids, live music, dance performances and fireworks.

June 23 is looking like it will be a lot of fun for the whole family!


13th CHATAN NIRAI HARII (Dragon Boat Race)

Date: June 23 (Sunday)

Time: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Venue: Hamakawa Port

GPS Coordinates: N 26.323811, E 127.752718 (Near American Village)


* This is a rain or shine event

* With parking space being limited on the venue, it is recommended to use public parking nearby.

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