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The Yonabaru Festival is held every year and on August 15-16 it will be held in the Udun-yama Youth Square in Okinawa!
Yonabaru Festival has evolved from more than 400 years of inherited traditions, where residents called upon the gods to provide a bountiful crops harvest and to chase devils away. Starting at 3 on Saturday the eisa dancing, tug-of-war and beating of the taiko drum doesn’t stop until Sunday evening.
The festival features: live bands, Sumo wrestling, tug-of-war, break dancing and so much more.
Tsunahiki (Tog of War) is one of the greatest traditional culture events in an Okinawan festival and is the main attraction in the Yonabaru. Thousands come from all around to watch the powerful pulling of rope by children, teens and adults. The festive event follows the historical precedent, with east and west villagers, both male and female, coming together. Fireworks will end the festival at 8:45 pm.
Access: 40min from Naha Airport by car
Udun-yama Youth Square
832 Yonabara, Yonabara-cho Okinawa