Pair of historical festivals taking place on Okinawa

Pair of historical festivals taking place on Okinawa

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

While fireworks, shaved ice, beer, and music may define many summer festivals in Okinawa, those in the fall often come with one more highlight: history.  

From Oct. 26 through 28, the Urasoe Tedako Festival will take place at Urasoe Athletic Park near Camp Kinser. In addition to festival favorites such as Eisa dancing, food and live music, special dancing and performances will be presented to commemorate three kings who ruled the middle part of the island before the Ryukyu Kingdom came along in 1429. Dynamic performances such as a Chinese-style dragon dance and others will revive the glamor of the pre-Ryukyu kingdom era of Okinawa.


Yomitan Festival, which takes place Oct. 27 and 28, on the other hand, pays homage to the age of the kingdom. Included among many traditional dance and music performances are those dedicated to Akainko, a legendary figure who is thought to be an earliest ancestor of Okinawan music, and a presentation of a large replica ship called Shinkosen, which was mobilized for trade during the days of the kingdom. 


Urasoe Tedako Festival

Date: Oct. 26 - 28 

Time: 5 – 9 p.m. (Oct. 26); 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Oct. 27); 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Oct. 28)  

Location: ANA Sports Park Urasoe (Oct. 27 & 28)

Address: 1- 13 Nakama, Urasoe City (ANA Sports Park Urasoe)

GPS Coordinates: N 26.250899 E 127.722609 

Open Location Code (OLC): 7QR97P2F+92

Admission: Free   

Note: The venue on the 26 is Yafuso street (Route No. 38) 


Yomitan Festival 

Date: Oct. 27 – 28 

Time: 1 – 9 p.m. (Oct. 27); 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Oct. 28) 

Location: Yomitan Athletic Field (near Torii station) 

Address: 2901 Zakimi, Yomitan Village

GPS Coordinates: N 26.396172  E 127.74523

Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR99PWW+F3

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