Look at all great events planned on Okinawa
Editor's note: There are some great events coming up, so get off base and check them out! (This was updated Nov. 18)
9TH SUGAR RIDE KUMEJIMA 2019: Nov. 23, pottering at 3 p.m., briefing at 2 and 4 p.m., Nov. 24, Athlete course (100K) begins at 8 a.m., Go round course (45K) & Easy Go round course (35K) at 9 a.m., cycling event enjoying Kumejima's beautiful sceneries; start/finish at Resort Hotel Kume Island; register by Nov. 5 to participate; 090-8294-3255; www.sugar-ride.com/.
KUBE TECHNO FESTA: Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; come, see, touch, and experience finance and IT occupations; festival activities from the past events include, VR experience, programming, etc.; detailed programs to be announced on the web; at Nago City Multi-media Building; free admission; free parking available; 0980-55-3333; www.nda.city.nago.okinawa.jp/.
KUMEJIMA KURUMAEBI FESTIVAL: Nov. 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; prawn cuisine at special prices, folk song, hula dance stage performances; free admission; parking available up to 50 spots; at Kumejima Fisheries Processing Facility; 098-985-8216; www.kanko-kumejima.com/.
48TH OKINAWA ARTS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL: Nov. 16-24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Fri, Sat), Winners and selected pictures, calligraphy, and art works by Okinawans on display to enhance Okinawan culture; at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum; free admission; free parking available; 098-987-0926; www.okicul-pr.jp/kengeisai/.
40TH TSUBOYA POTTERY FESTIVAL: Nov. 22-24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; masters exhibit their works, including jars and other goods, sold for more than 20 percent off the market price; visit booths, including a pottery square, where people can make shisa (lion dog) masks and use the pottery wheel; free admission; at Naha Tsuboya Elementary School; 098-866-3284; www.tuboya.com/.
2019 PROJECTION MAPPING AT NAKAGUSUKU CASTLE: Nov. 23-24, 4-10 p.m.; projection mapping, laser show by using drones, traditional performing arts including Shishimai and Eisa, etc.; free admission; temporary free parking available; 098-975-5309; www.nakagusuku-pm.jimdo.com/.
OKINAWA INTERNATIONAL CARNIVAL 2019: Nov. 23, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Nov. 24, 1-9 p.m.; events details TBD: (last year-a giant tug-of-war along Kuko (airport) Street, 10,000 people’s folk parade, bull-fighting, samba parade, and more events); free admission. In the Koza Gate Street area Music Town Ongaku Hiroba; 098-989-5566; www.oki-carnival.com/.
10TH ISHIGAKI YAKIMONO MATSURI: Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Pottery festival, exhibition and sale in which 17 Ishigaki local potters participate; free admission; no parking available; at Ishigaki City Hall; 0980-82-1533; www.ishigakijimayakimonomatsuri.jimdo.com/.
ZAMAMI ISLAND FAN APPRECIATION MONTH: In November, Islanders’ traditional performance arts every Saturday, 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; free admission; no parking available; 098-987-2277; www.zamami-diving.la.coocan.jp/.
KUMEJIMA-CHO SANGYO MATSURI: Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; fresh vegetables and seedling sale, Kumejima Tsumugi (Japanese craft of silk cloth) exhibition and sale, dressing experience, and more; at Hotaru Dome; free admission; free parking available; 098-985-7134.
35TH NAHA MARATHON: Dec. 1, 9 a.m., Time limit 6 hours 15 minutes (by 3:15 p.m.); 30,000 runners run across Naha City, Haebaru-cho, Yaese-cho, Itoman City, and Tomigusuku City; 098-862-9902; www.naha-marathon.jp.
NANJO CITY FOOD FESTA: Dec. 7-8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; A weekend full of food grown in Nanjo City; free admission; Nanjo City public parking lot (next to new Nanjo City Hall); 098-860-6077; www.nanjo-foodfesta.com/.
GREAT EARTH 12TH ISHIGAKI ISLAND RIDE: Dec. 8, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; 100K and 75K courses; Yakiniku (BBQ) party after the races (extra fees apply); 070-3622-0001; www.great-earth.jp/ishigaki/ishigaki_gaiyou.php.
I-JIMA CHUPANJA FESTIVAL 2019: Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; stage performances; all-you-can-stuff vegetables, raffle, etc.; Village Industrial Festival and Lifelong Learning Festival jointly hosted; 0980-49-3161; www.iejima.org/.
KINAWA YAMBARU SEA TO SUMMIT 2019: Dec. 14 at 2 p.m., Environment Symposium, at Nago City Haneji Branch; Dec. 15, 6:50 a.m., kayaking, biking, trekking at Yagachi Beach; environmental sporting event that's being held in 13 different locations in Japan, first time to be held in Okinawa; event to enjoy and appreciate the nature rather than competition, 11,550 yen to participate; free parking available; www.seatosummit.jp/menu117/contents1041.
7TH KUNIGAMI TRAIL RUNNING: Dec. 14; 19K, 12K run, 8.6K walk courses; at Kunigami Forest Park; 0980-43-5531; www.kunigamitrail.com/.
39TH POTTERY MARKET: Dec. 13-15, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Yachimun (Okinawan pottery) available at reasonable prices; at Yachimun no Sato in Yomitan Village; free admission; temporary parking available near JA Yunta Market (take shuttle bus from there to the venue); 098-958-6488, 098-958-4468.
OKINAWA BREAD SWEETS FESTA 2019 WINTER: Dec. 14-15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Hosted by bagel store coco bagel, Okinawa bakeries and confectioneries gather and present their foods; at Okinawa Cellular Stadium; free admission; www.ameblo.jp/okinawabreadsweetsfesta, www.facebook.com/okinawabreadsweetsfesta/, www.instagram.com/okinawabreadsweetsfesta/.
OZUMO OKINAWA PROVINCIAL TOUR: Dec. 15-16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sumo wrestling in Okinawa; tickets from 5,000-14,000 yen; free parking available; at Uruma City Gushikawa Dome; 098-890-5577; www.sumo-okinawa.jp/.
22ND WAKATEDA WO MIRU TSUDOI: Dec. 21, 6:30-8 a.m., A gathering at the Nakagusuku Castle to pray for eternal prosperity by viewing the Wakateda Sunrise; at Nakagusuku Castle; free admission; free parking available up to 50 lots; 098-935-5719; www.nakagusuku-jo.jp/en.
YAMBARU ART FESTIVAL 2019-2020: Dec. 14-Jan. 13; art festival to appreciate Okinawan traditional fabric, pottery, etc., as well as contemporary art, design, pictures and music; will take place in several locations in Yambaru-northern Okinawa (visit website for details); free admission; 098-861-5141; www.yambaru-artfes.jp/.
OKINAWA CULTURAL TOURISM CONTENTS PROGRAM: Oct. 11 through Feb. 9, 2020; four different shows: "a la carte": Okinawan performing arts on Oct. 11-13, "NEO Rrukyu": entertainment show in Okinawa style on Nov. 29-Dec. 1; "Okinawa San San": Okinawan musical on Jan. 10-12 and "Gungachi Kunguachi": comedy on Feb. 7-9; at Tenbusu Hall and Palette Civic Theater (only Okinawa San San); tickets: 2,500 yen for adults, 2,000 yen for high school students and younger; free for preschoolers; no parking available; 098-987-0926; www.okinawageinodays.com/.
KADENA GO! GO! FESTIVAL: Feb. 9, 3-7 p.m.; spotlighting musicians between teenage to people in their 30's, musicians from Kadena-cho play all kinds of music-pops, hip hop, rock, etc.; tickets: 1,000 yen in advance, 1,500 yen at the door; at Kadena-cho Town Hall; free parking up to 272 lots available, toll parking also available in the vicinity; 098-956-1111.
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