Schedule for the 2012 Kumejima Festival

Festival Tents

The Kume Island Festival is the largest matsuriof the year. It is a two day event that takes place in August and as with most Japanese festivals, is a time for celebration and thanksgiving. On Kume Island, the festival has developed into a huge mix of food, entertainment, and fun.

When

**Update**

Due to Typhoon 9 the Kume Festival has been postponed until August 11/12.

For 2012, the Kume Festival is scheduled for August 4th and 5th.

  • Saturday: 5p.m. to 10:30p.m.
  • Sunday:  4:30p.m. to 10:30p.m.

Where

The Kume Island Festival takes place at Furiai Park, located in the Nakadomari neighborhood in the southern part of the island.

Event Details

Kume Festival CenterFuriai Park is a large flat grassy space before a large stage. Generally, the space is enclosed by tents with food drinks, games, and other attractions, leaving the center open for picnic style seating. The stage is the focus of the area, with multiple performances throughout the evening. The center of the area is reserved for lighting, sound, and projection booths. Kume Festival SumoIn addition to the main stage, there is also an Okinawan sumocompetition that takes place along with the Festival on Day two. Sumo is an integral part of traditional festivals as it acts as a way to give back to ancestors or spirits, depending on the beliefs of the people. In modern times, it’s a fun way for students to compete against each other in this traditional sport.

2012 Schedule

August 4

Time Event
17:00-18:00 Young Live – High School performance
18:00 Opening Ceremony
18:10-18:20 Festival Drawing Award Ceremony
18:25-18:50 Island Song and Folk Dance
18:55-19:00 Board of Education Chief Greetings
19:05-19:30 Hula
19:35-19:55 Bonodori Kumejima Circular Dance
20:00-20:25 Island Song and Folk Dance
20:35-21:30 Saturday Night Concert- Miyagi Mamoru
21:30~ Fireworks Countdown

 

August 5

Time Event
16:30-18:00 Okinawan Sumo Competition
18:00 Opening Ceremony
18:05-18:35 Kamen (masked) Rider Charachter Show
18:40-19:00 Ground Golf Award Ceremony
19:05-19:30 Eisa Performances
19:35-19:45 Kumejima’s Tourism ‘Lady’ Introduction
19:50-20:30 Raffle Drawing
20:40-21:30 Special Live Concert – ON THE DO=RO
21:30~ Fireworks Countdown

 

Concert

The evening concerts are always great fun.

This post can be found at http://ultimateenglishguide.com/Kumejima/Events!  Throughout the coming weeks, you’ll be able to find all kinds of new information up about this unique island in Okinawa.  Check it out!  If you live in Okinawa, make sure you take the opportunity to see this awesome Festival!