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Okinawa Japan photography group featuring unique pictures of Okinawa
On the first weekend of November each year the entire village of Yomitan Okinawa comes alive with is annual self named “Yomitan Village festival.” Events encompass the entire central Okinawa village famous for its pottery, textiles and cultural events.
One of the two big performances that takes place each year in the Yomitan Village Festival is an orchestra of over 300 Shanshin (3 stringed Okinawa instrument) musicians playing classical music accompanying dance performances. This Okinawan spectacle of the classic arts is remarkable to witness, there is no better time to soak up the ancient culture of the Okinawa people.
The other main event highlighted in the Yomitan Village Festival is “The Play of Taki.” This theatrical performance tells the story of the Yomitan Village pioneer who helped to open up trade between China and Okinawa, leading to the formation of the Ryukyu Kindom’s power base. The performance features a large “Shinkosen” trading ship used during trade mission to China on a massive stage.
Other parts of this exciting Okinawa festival include: bullfighting, children’s Sumo wrestling tournaments, farmers market, band performances, and fireworks on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Events take place all over the Village of Yomitan with places like the Traditional Crafts Center and The Museum of History and Folk Customs hosting special exhibitions and proceedings.
From Naha Airport: Approx. 60min. by car (via highway)
From Okinawa Expressway : Ishikawa I.C: Approx.15min.by car (via highway)
From nearest bus stop: Zakimi (Yomitan Village) Approx. 5min.on foot
(Stop for line : 29, 62)
Name of main venue: Yomitan Village Multiple Purpose Square
Address: 2901 Zakimi, Yomitan Village, Okinawa