Schedule for the 2012 Kumejima Festival
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.
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.
The Kume Island Festival takes place at Furiai Park, located in the Nakadomari neighborhood in the southern part of the island.
Furiai 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. In 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.
|17:00-18:00||Young Live – High School performance|
|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|
|19:35-19:55||Bonodori Kumejima Circular Dance|
|20:00-20:25||Island Song and Folk Dance|
|20:35-21:30||Saturday Night Concert- Miyagi Mamoru|
|16:30-18:00||Okinawan Sumo Competition|
|18:05-18:35||Kamen (masked) Rider Charachter Show|
|18:40-19:00||Ground Golf Award Ceremony|
|19:35-19:45||Kumejima’s Tourism ‘Lady’ Introduction|
|20:40-21:30||Special Live Concert – ON THE DO=RO|
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!