First off, thanks for sticking with me during my last two weeks off. With Golden Week and a lot going on at OTEC Okinawa I haven’t had as much time to devote to the blog as I would like. A few weeks ago Kume Island celebrated Spring with its annual Firefly Festival. Though one of the smaller festivals it turned out to be quite a lot of fun. The Firefly festival takes place along jinjin (named for the sound describing
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Every few years at the largest full moon of the year there is a small festival in the Kanegusuku area of Kume Island. As with many events in Okinawa, the date of the event is based on the kyureki (lunar) calendar. While this means that the event is on a different day each year, the lunar timing means that the event always takes place at a full moon. In this case, August 15th of the kyureki calendar. This particular festival
Obon in Japan takes place at different times throughout the year. In Okinawa it took place over three days from August 29-21. On the second night, communities throughout Kume Island celebrate together. Since all of the small festivals take place at the same time, it’s hard to see all of them. This year I visited the largest festival since I was talked into buying raffle tickets in advance (they help pay for the fireworks and event materials). This year the
The Ha-ri- races are a yearly event on Kume Island. This year they took place on June 12 at three locations around the island. This year I stuck to the Maja area where locals and students gathered together for a day of races and fun in the water. While the races are the primary attraction, there is also generally a ball-toss game for the nursery school children and a tug-of-war. There are numerous races from both locals and school participants.
August 18 schedule Time Event 16:30-18:00 Okinawan Sumo Competition 17:45-18:15 Charachter Show – Masked Wizards 18:20-18:40 Award Ceremony 18:45-19:05 Tunnaha Eisa 19:10-19:30 Student Performance 19:35-19:50 Kumejima’s Tourism ‘Lady’ Introduction 19:55-20:25 Raffle Drawing 20:30-21:30 Special Live Concert – Dynamites 21:30~ Fireworks Countdown The second day of the 2013 Kume Island Festival was a much different affair than the first day. Where day one was focused on the giant tug of war, the second day was full of performances and fun for