(original photo by Nelo Hotsuma; CC BY 2.0)

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

Eisa (エイサー) is a traditional Okinawan dance festival, which takes place around the Obon holidays. In 1956, when Koza City (present-day Okinawa City) was established, this event began as an Eisa dance competition. Since then it has evolved into a festival representing Okinawan culture. Every year, more than 300,000 people come to see the event, with one of the highlights being the island wide Eisa dance competition on Sunday, the final day of the festival. There is a beer festival right next door to the dance venue, allowing for late evenings and an entertaining end to the day.

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

Uechi, Okinawa prefecture
1st day: National Route 330 around Koza Music Town
2nd&3rd days: Okinawa City Koza Sports Park
September 4 - 6, 2015 ()
Website: Kushida Shrine (in Japanese)
Website: Digital brochure in English (requires Adobe Flash playback environment)
Kushida Shrine

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