Mainland Japan may have celebrated Obon last week, but the celebrations have just begun here in Okinawa, with lots of street eisa performances happening nightly in neighborhoods all across the island. Be sure to check out one of the most famous areas for eisa performances, Okinawa City’s Koza area (outside Kadena Gate 2 near 329), tonight and Wednesday night.
The kids may be headed back to school, but that doesn’t mean the summer festivals are over just yet. The Zanpamisaki Royal Hotel will host the 2013 “Tingara Garden Festival” or “Milky Way Garden Festival,” this Sunday, August 25th, from 6 to 9:30 pm. It’ll feature regionally famous musicians and performances by the hotel pool, plus a laser light show and fireworks display. Admission is free.
For some interesting additions to the typical Okinawan summer festival, this weekend’s Kunigami Festival might be the place for you. In addition to traditional music and performances, it features a park golf tournament, forest tours, dragon boat races, and a ladies arm wrestling contest. The festival takes place at the Kunigami Junior High School Grounds Saturday and Sunday, and admission is free. Contact the Kunigami Village Festival Executive Committee for more info: 0980-41-2101.