Youth Eisa Festival, Chatan

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.

Fun Flying Four Youth Eisa 5

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.

red face from demolishing the shaved ice

red face from demolishing the shaved ice

Fun Flying Four Youth Eisa 6

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.

dancing along

dancing along

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.

Fun Flying Four Youth Eisa 1

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!

Fun Flying Flour Youth Eisa  (1 of 1)

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.

this group was massive!

this group was massive!

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)

Fun Flying Four Youth Eisa 3


7 responses to “Youth Eisa Festival, Chatan

    • Aww how amazing, such great memories to have! I do love this time of year in Japan and I know I will miss it so much when we leave!

  1. How fun! You all are going to have some amazing memories of Japan.

    We are going to Obon this weekend. I’m excited, it’s been 7 years since the last time I went to on Obon Festival. As long as this Tropical Storm Hilda doesn’t dump a lot of rain on us, I know we’ll make a visit. 🙂

    • Awesome how was the Obon festival you went to? (Hmm it’s sat here I’m guessing it’s not quite the weekend in Hawaii?!…either way have fun!)

      • BUSY! But it was cool, the temple we went to is really small and they ran out of food so we ended up leaving to get some food. But there was Bon dancing and Taiko which my little guy loved. I took video of most of it, once I’m done putting it together I think I’m going to upload it as my first video on Youtube. 😛

  2. I love Eisa and have been wanting to join a group myself. I know there are a few international groups for various ages. I’m going to contact KIP (Koza International Plaza) to see if they would know who I should talk to. Next year will be my last opportunity.

    • Eisa is SO captivating isn’t it?! You should totally join something and if you happen to find out any info please pass it along! On a side note I’m currently in Hue…sick 😕

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