Our family didn’t make it to the annual 10,000 Eisa dancers in Naha this year, it was just one of those weekends where we were a little out of whack after an unusual week; broken down car, 15 hours worth of power outages and an unusual shift for Matt.
Not wanting to let the entire weekend go by without an adventure we did make it to the Youth Eisa Festival in Chatan, not terribly far from home.
I absolutely adore this time of year in Okinawa because there is no shortage of Eisa festivals or events and it really is one of my favorite things about living in Okinawa.
As far as this youth Eisa festival, I can’t really tell you a whole lot about it! It had the usual festival features; delicious food, yummy treats and games to play and then of course the various performers.
Although a lot of the groups I saw didn’t look all too young, so I am not sure what the age range was plus I am positive I saw a few of the participants drinking beer. Unless of course it was the alcohol-free Orion which Matt said they were selling!
Eden is just in love with the girls, from how they dance to what they wear! I really need to look into how to get her more involved, I know she would love it.
If you live out in town you maybe lucky enough to catch some Eisa during Obon (a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of ones ancestors) otherwise here are some other upcoming Eisa events;
EISA NIGHT: Aug. 15, 7.30 p.m., Koza Music Town (free)
EISA NIGHT: Aug. 16, 7 p.m., open air space in front of Okinawa City office (free)
KADENA EISA MATSURI: Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Shinmachi Streets (free)
WORDLWIDE EISA CONTEST: Sep. 21-23, National Theatre of Okinawa (1,500 – 2,000 Yen)