Hagoromo Festival in Ginowan

If you didn’t make it to any of the summer or eisa festivals last weekend, don’t fret: there’s still the Hagoromo Festival in Ginowan this weekend. It features over 300 participants in traditional dress, with lots of drum performances, Ryukyu folk dance, and a parade. Admission is free. For times and performance schedules, check out this link.

Bulls on Parade

There’s also an Okinawan–style bullfight happening this Sunday, August 11th. What’s different about it? Instead of a matador, two bulls duke it out. Tickets are ¥2,500 to ¥3,000 each (dollars aren’t accepted). For more information, contact the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau at 098-859-6123.

The Haunting

And, if you can’t wait for Halloween to get here, you’re in luck: coinciding with Japan’s Obon festivals, there’s a Ryukyu Haunted House, happening every day throughout the month of August at Navel Kadena, 3F, from 12-10 p.m. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a guardian, and attend from 12 to 5 p.m.. From 6 to 9 p.m., only those 16 years old and up may attend. Tickets are ¥800 in advance, or ¥1,000 at door.