Haarii Yurai Festival
(held in late April or early May at the Tomise Utaki of Tomigusuku Gusuku)

Imitating the derivation and tradition “Tomigusuku Nubui” of Okinawa’s traditional event haarii (Haryusen Kyoso), we pray for the success of the Naha Haarii and Tomigusuku Haarii, and for the productiveness of grain. It is a traditional event to pray and make offerings, and to dedicate haarii songs and karate.
(Please refer to the calendar for the latest festival schedule)


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Tomigusuku Haarii Rally
(held on the last Sunday of July at the Toyosaki Chura SUN Beach of Toyosaki Seaside Park)

Haryusen in Okinawa has a long history going back about 600 years ago. It is said to be originated when Wan Oso, the king of Nanzan, made a dragon boat and set it afloat on the water of Manko, prayed for productiveness of grain, and raced after returning from China as an exchange student.
Today, there are boat races across the country both inside and outside of Okinawa such as the “Nagasaki Peron”, but among them the “Dragon Boat Race” is a popular sport with over 10 million contestant population in about 70 countries around the world.
(Please refer to the calendar for the latest festival schedule)


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All Okinawa Children Eisaa Festival
(held on the last Sunday of July at Toyosaki Chura SUN Beach of Toyosaki Seaside Park)

It features Okinawa’s traditional arts eisaa, lion dance and drums performed by children under the summer sky. See the traditional arts performed as dynamic as adults.
(Please see calendar for the latest festival schedule)


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Tomigusuku Festival
(held once every two years on the last weekend of July of the even number of years per Western calendar)




It is a summer festival like event with lively stage show, traditional arts performance and fireworks. Various shops are open, and the previously mentioned “Tomigusuku Haarii Rally” and the “All Okinawa Children Eisaa Festival” is held simultaneously. The “Tomigusuku Festival” is held once every two years on even number of years.
(Please see calendar for the latest festival schedule)


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Binnomachibo (the great harvest festival)

Binnomachibo with a long history of about 200 years is held every six years in the great harvest festival on 15 August per Chinese calendar. It is a festival held in the wish for productiveness of grain and prosperity of descendants where many men perform stick fighting and dance in formations. It was last held on 28 September, 2011. It is scheduled to be held next on 15 August , 2017. (Bin’s Full Moon Harvest Festival is held every year whereas Machibo is held once every six years)
(Please see calendar for latest festival schedule)


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Takayasuno Gangosai

Takayasuno Gangosai, which has a long history of about 300 years, is held once every 12 years on 9 August of the year of the dragon per Chinese calendar. From the old days, it is to pray for good health and harvest while fixing the “gan”, a portable shrine used to move the deceased from their house to the graveyard. Women lively dance, men dynamically perform stick fighting and karate, and people parade through the ward carrying the gan with the elderly taking the lead. It was last held on 24 September, 2012. It is scheduled to be held next on 9 August per Chinese calendar of 2024.
(Please see calendar for the latest festival schedule)


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Tomigusuku Tug-Of-War (Tomigusuku Tsunahiki)
Held every year between August and September. (Date changes every year since it goes by the Chinese calendar)

Tomigusuku Tug-Of-War (Tomigusuku Tsunahiki)
Held every year between August and September. (Date changes every year since it goes by the Chinese calendar)
It is Okinawa’s traditional event by tugging two ropes representing male and female tied together with a stick called kamachibo. The tug-of-war is very popular in Tomigusuku City currently being held in 17 out of 24 villages. The event is not only to pray for good harvest and prosperity of descendants, but also to strengthen bond of the local community. The beat of the gong and the standard-bearer live up the simple event of tug-of-war, and some villages help make the rope.
(Please see calendar for the latest festival schedule)
The following dates are per Chinese calendar;
※ Tomigusuku held on 25 June, weed rope.


Gibo held on 25 June, regular rope


Yone held on 25 June, weed rope


Iraha held on 25 June, weed rope


Zayasu held on 25 June, regular rope


Tohashina held on 25 June, regular rope


Ueta held on 15 June, weed rope


Tokashiki held on 15 June, weed rope


Bin held on 15 June and 15 August (Full Moon Harvest Festival), weed rope


Takamine held on 15 June, weed rope


Taira held on 15 June, regular rope


Takayasu held on 25 June, regular rope


Noha held on 25 June, regular rope


Nagado held on 16 June, regular rope

Nakachi held on 25 June, regular rope
Onaga held on 15 June and 15 August (Full Moon Harvest Festival), weed rope
Kakazu (please inquire for details)

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Onaga’s Full Moon Harvest Festival

Held each year on 15 August per Chinese calendar. There are performances such as the dynamic battle between standard-bearers, and traditional arts and dance on stage. The previously mentioned tug-of-war is also held simultaneously.
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Shikamaguchi Festival (an event to honor the memory of Choin Uema who created eisaa) Held in the end of September or early October.

It was started as an event to focus on the beginning of eisaa, Okinawa’s traditional arts. It is an event to tie together today and yesterday of eisaa by performing dedicatory eisaa before Teerashikamaguchi’s (Choin Uema) grave who first created and spread the Buddhist dance of chanting and dancing to the ”Namuamidabutsu” (this is said to be the prototype of what later became the eisaa) together with Taichushonin in Ryukyu about 400 years ago.
(Please see calendar for the latest festival schedule)


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Kumi Odori “Temizu No En”(lyric dance drama)

tory: On 3 March of Chinese calendar, Yamatu sees the beautiful girl Tamatsui washing her hair at the Hanjya Tamagawa river and falls in love at first sight. Yamatu pleads her to let him drink water from her hands. In light of Yamatu’s passion, the two promise to meet again.
One night, Yamatu gets caught by the guard when sneaking into Tamatsui’s house to keep the promise of meeting her again, and Tamatsui’s father finds out about the relation between the two. Then the father orders his men to execute his daughter Tamatsui.

Just when Tamatsui is about to get executed at the Chinen Beach, Yamatu comes to plead for her life, and the guard, who was moved by the love between the two, decides to let them go.
(Written by Chobin Heshiki (1700-1734) who is said to be of the “big three” writers of kumi odori. A story set in Senagajima. While other kumi odoris’ main theme is about faith and filial piety, “Temizu No En” is a rare love story.)

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Kumi Odori “Misho No En”

Story: Aji Taira (owner of Taira Castle) and Aji Bin (owner of Bin Castle) had been friends since little. They promised that if they were to have a boy and a girl, they would make them marry. Their wish became true, and Taira had a boy and Bin had a girl.
However, Aji Taira’s first son “Tsuruchiyo” becomes nearly blind due to his stepmother’s attempt of poisoning him. Then, Aji Taira, in grieve of having his son become adopted into Bin’s family, throws Tsuruchiyo into a cave of the Yaesedake.

One night, Aji Bin’s daughter “Ototsuru” is informed in her dreams“Your fiancé Tsuruchiyo’s blindness and sickness is only due to his stepmother poisoning him and it shall cure. He shall fully recover in about 20 days if you help him out of the cave of Yaesedake and take care of him.”
As advised in the dream, Tsuruchiyo was safely helped out and Aji Taira finds out about his stepmother’s attempt. However, Tsuruchiyo compromises and they become a happy family. They happily hold Tsuruchiyo and Ototsuru’s wedding celebration. (Written by Chochoku Tasato (1703-1773) who is said to be one of the “big three” writers of kumi odori.)