Many fun events planned on Okinawa

Stripes Okinawa

Editor's note: There's some great events coming up, so get off base and check them out! (This was updated May 21)


OCEAN CUP 2019 YACHT RACE GINOWAN-KUMEJIMA: May 25, 5:55 a.m.-4 p.m.; commendation ceremony at the Resort Hotel Kume Island (only those who participate in the race can attend the ceremony. 10,000 yen registration fee); free to watch the race; 098-985-8001;

OKINAWA E-MOTION: Until June 2; full of events featuring Food + Music + Art; events include: Magic Beach & Beach Bar Walk, KPP Camp, Bar Walk Naha, ASOBEACH!!, Okinawa Food Flea, etc.; find out more on the website:

YORON- KUNIGAMI PRODUCT FAIR: May 31-Jun. 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Kunigami local product fair; products include: brown sugar shochu, yomogi (mugwort) rice cake, kibi vinegar (made from sugarcane); sweets, etc.; there will be Shimauta live too; at Aeon Mall Okinawa Rycom 2nd floor Earth court; free admission; free parking available; 0997-98-5151;,

20TH BEACH VOLLEY MIYAKO JIMA 2019: June 1-2; Beach volleyball tournament at Miyako Island's Yonahamaehama Beach; register by May 10; registration fee: 4-player team-10,000 yen, 2-player team-5,000 yen; 4-player team must consist of 2 males and 2 females; free to watch; 0980-73-1881;

124TH IKEMAJIMA KAIJIN SAI: June 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ha-Ri-, Sumo wrestling, etc. in front of Ikema Public Hall; free admission; free parking available; 0980-75-2011.

IESON KAIJIN SAI: June 6, 1-8 p.m. (*schdule subject to change); festival to pray for safe voyage and rich haul; fishermen and locals gather and compete in sumo wrestling, dance, folk dance, and karaoke; at Ie Port Upuguchi no Hama on Ie Island; free admission; no parking available; 0980-49-2035.

14TH SEA WATER DREAM FESTIVAL: Jun. 8, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Jun. 12 is set as Kume Island's Deep Ocean Water Day (as the island's water intake is from water depth 612 meters); deep ocean water item sales, Foot Cool event to experience the cold deep ocean water, etc.; at Point Pyuru's parking lot ; free admission; free parking available; 098-851-9162;

14TH TOMARIIYUMACHI, FATHER'S DAY FISH FAIR-TUNA FESTIVAL: Jun. 15-16, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; tuna cutting performance at Tomari Fish Market in Naha City; free admission; 098-868-1096.

MAJA INAHO SAI SUMO: June 17, 4 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: June 25; 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; four locations on Tarama Island; 0980-79-2260;

OKINAWA FOOD FLEA: June 1, noon-9 p.m., 2, noon-7 p.m.; a part of Okinawa E-Motion; Okinawan food festival; at Umisora Park in Naha City; free admission;

42nd ZAMAMI YACHT RACE: June 22, 8:25 a.m.-1 p.m., commendation party 6-9 p.m.; Okinawa's most historical yacht race; races from Ginowan Marina to Zamami Port; free experience test-ride event, hula dance, and Eisa events at the party; free admission; no parking available; 098-987-2277;

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;

5TH YAESE TEi- MARKET: June 23, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; market of handmade items - from accessories to everyday sundries; at Minami no eki Yaese; free admission, temporary free parking available; 098-998-2101;

BIOS NO OKA NIGHT TOUR: Until June 30; 6:15-9 p.m.; open for night time for limited period; see and learn more about fireflies and small animals and plants at night; admission: 1,800 yen for adults (middle school students and older), 1,000 yen for 4-year-old to elementary school students; free parking available; 098-965-3400;

20TH SABANI HANSOU RACE: Jun. 29-30; 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; free to watch; no parking available; 098-987-2277;

EISA NIGHT: June 13-July 27; Enjoy watching Eisa at several locations on Okinawa; Jun 16, 22, 29, July 6 & 27 at Koza Music Town, June 30 at Southeast Botanical Garden; July 7 at Okinawa City Hall; July 20 at Payao Exchange Square; free admission; parking available (fees may apply at certain locations); 098-989-5566;

OHIROKU HONEN SAI: Aug. 17, 6 p.m.; festival to pray for five grain rich harvest and health; events include giant tug-of-war, Eisa, etc.; at Oshiro Village Center Square; free admission; free parking available; 098-946-8250.

KAJIMAYA: Aug. 31, 3 p.m.; Performance Show by powerful Okinawan elders; Advance tickets-2,000 yen for adults, 1,000 yen for children; at the door: 2,500 yen for adults and 1,500 yen for children; at Music Town Otoichiba, 3rd floor hall; 098-932-1949;

HONEN FES!!! -KUNIGAMI-: Oct. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; festival to cherish Kunigami Village's rich nature and the local culture; at Kunigami Fishing Port Special Event Space; free admission; free parking up to 100 spots available; 090-3413-3413.


Dragon Boat Races:

ITOMAN HA-RE-: June 5, 1:30-6 p.m., 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 098-992-2011

OUJIMA KAIJIN SAI: June 6, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 098-948-7190


NASHIRO HA-RI-: June 6, 8:30-11 a.m.; 090-9788-0613

YAEYAMA KAIJINSAI: June 6, 9 a.m.; 0980-82-5445

MAEGANEKU HA-RI-: June 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 098-964-2820

ISHIGAKI CITY HARYUSEN KYOSO TAIKAI: June 6, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; dragon boat race at Ishigaki Fishing Port; free to watch; free parking available; 0980-82-2448

KUMEJIMA HA-RI-: June 6 & 9; at Torishima Fishing Port, Mahaku Fishing Port on the 6th, Gima Fishing Port on the 9th; free to watch; free parking available; 098-896-7010;

MINATOGAWA HA- RE-: June 9, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; 098-2261

13TH BATEN HA-RI-: June 9, 1 p.m.; at Baten Port in Nanjo City; free to watch; no parking available; 098-947-6510;

KYAN HA-RI: June 9, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; 098-997-3665

HENZA HA-RI-: June, 9, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; 098-977-8127

TSUKENJIMA HA-RI-: June 9, 098-978-7510

YAKENA HA-RI-: June 16, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; 098-978-2228

13TH CHATAN NIRAI HA-RI-: June 23, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; 098-936-1847

TOUSOE HA-RI-: June 23, noon-5:30 p.m.; 098-946-4960

HAMAHIGASHIMA HA-RI-: June 23 & 30; 098-977-8450, 098-977-7227

HESHIKIYA HA-RI: July 14 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 098-983-0003

12TH TOMIGUSUKU HA-RI-: July 28, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; at Toyosaki Marine Park; 090-8291-4909;

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