January 2016 Local Event Calendar

CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A.

January 2016 Local Calendar
First Sunrise

Happy New Year everyone! Below you’ll find a list of local events.  Events on the island are constantly being created and changed, so please make sure to use the contact info provided on each event to verify information. If you know of an additional event that you’d like to share with our readers, please add it to the comments below! Enjoy!

January 1st

Sunrise Celebration
Celebrate the first sunrise of 2016.  Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, 503 Oshiro Kitanakagusuku. ¥200-¥400.  5am. 098-935-5419

Bullfighting
The annual first three days of a new year bullfighting.  ¥2,500 Men, ¥2,000 Women.  Nakijin Bullring, 792-1 Nakasone, Nakijin.  1pm.

January 1st – January 3rd

Feast of the New Year
Celebrate the reenactment of the Ryukyu Kingdom era New Year’s ritual.  Listen to throne music being played.  Events throughout the day. See website for schedule.  Shuri Castle Tadashi 1-2 Shurikingo, Naha. ¥310 – ¥820 8:30am – 5pm.

Buffalo Riding Experience
Ride on the back of a buffalo. Must be 4 years old or older, and weigh less than 80 kg/176 lbs.  Bios on the Hill, 961-30 Kadekari, Ishikawa, Uruma. ¥1,000 plus admission fee.

January 1st – January 11th

Hello Kitty Art Exhibition
Everything Hello Kitty!  A must art exhibit that is only on display until January 11th.  Tomiton 1st Floor, 1-411 Toyosaki, Tomigusuku.  11am – 6pm.  ¥300 – ¥800. 080.8351.8071

January 1st – February 21st

Ryukyu Lantern Festival
The first ever lantern festival held at Ryukyu Mura.  Variety of entertainment, classical and modern music, dancing, food stands and more.  Murasaki Mura, 1020-1 Takashiho, Nakagami, Yomitan.  9am – 10pm daily.  ¥400 – ¥600.

January 2nd

2016 Flag Kan Guidance
Flag demonstrations representing Village Gogan in the New Year. Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, 503 Oshiro Kitanakagusuku. ¥200-¥400. 098-895-9144. 11am.

Bullfighting
The annual first three days of a new year bullfighting.  ¥3,000 Men, ¥2,000 Women.  Uruma Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome, 3302 Ishikawa, Uruma.  2pm.

January 3rd

Bullfighting
The annual first three days of a new year bullfighting.  ¥3,000 Men, ¥2,000 Women.  Uruma Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome, 3302 Ishikawa, Uruma.  3pm.

Ryukyu Dragon Pro Wrestling
Navel Kadena Arena. 372-2 Kaneku, Kadena Town. Tickets between ¥1,000 and ¥2,500. 1:30pm Doors, 2pm Start. 098-956-5500

January 6th

Ryukyu Kings vs. Shinshu Brave Warriors
Ginowan City Gym, Ginowan.  Tickets vary from ¥900 to ¥4,000 per game. Season tickets available. Tickets can be purchased at Kadena ITT, MCCS Tours+, and box office.  5:30pm doors open, 7pm tip off.

January 8th

Crossover Basketball
Opening game of the season.  Street basketball meets DJ’s & MC’s.  Music Town Sound Market, 3F, 1-1-1 Ueshi, Okinawa City.  Children ¥1,000 – Adults ¥2,500. Doors open 6pm, tip off 7pm. 098-926-4551

January 9th

Takenoko!!!
Performances by numerous artists.  Okinawa Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, 503 Oshiro Kitanakagusuku. Performances start at 2pm.  ¥3,000 plus one drink.

Exhibition of Ancient Civilization Photo
UFO crop circle, photo exhibition, alien costumes, comic books, dance performances.  Carnival Park, American Village, Mihama. 4pm – 7pm. Free

January 9th – January 32st

Sunflower Festival
The 8th sunflower festival held in Kitanakagusuku with over 10,000 square meters holding over 400,000 sunflowers.  Shiosai Park, 2070-8 Atsuta, Kitanakagusuku. 10am – 4pm daily.  Free Admission.

January 10th

4th Sugar Hall Orchestra Concert
Orchestra and Okinawan folk songs. Nanjo City Cultural Center, 307 Sashiki, Nanjo. Doors open 2:30pm, Curtain at 3pm. ¥2,000. 098-947-1100, [email protected]

New Year Rock Festival
Music festival featuring JET, Freddie Eto, PRYZM, Civilian Skunk, Haebaru Bibappusu, and Kozasupapaji.  Music Town Sound Market, 3F.  Doors 3pm, Curtain 4pm. ¥2,500 – ¥3,000. 098-932-1949

La’ Muse Jazz Orchestra
15th anniversary concert.  Music Town Sound Market, 3F, 1-1-1 Ueshi, Okinawa City.  Doors 6:30pm, Curtain 7pm.  ¥2,000 – ¥2,500. 090-7585-1292

Happy Marilyn Sunday
Handmade goods, workshops, massages, and food that the whole family can enjoy.  Ginowan Marine Support Center, 7-10-27 Oyama, Ginowan.  098-942-2200

January 11th

Civilian Skunk
Live street performance by artists Civilian Skunk.  Carnival Park, American Village, Mihama.  2pm – 7pm.

January 16th – 17th

Cave Ballet
Tokoiriya Ryoki Ballet will be performed inside of the Cave Cafe, 202 Maegawa, Tamagusuku, Nanjo.  Doors 7pm, Curtain 7:30pm.  ¥5000 – ¥7000.  098-948-4192

January 17th

Ryukyu Kings vs. Bambitious Nara
Okinawa City Gym, Okinawa City.  Tickets vary from ¥900 to ¥4,000 per game. Season tickets available. Tickets can be purchased at Kadena ITT, MCCS Tours+, and box office.  15:30pm doors open, 7pm tip off.

Health and Beauty of Aroma Fair
First ever health, beauty and aroma fair in Okinawa.  Ginowan Convention Center, 4-3-1 Mashiki, Ginowan.  11am – 6pm. Free.

Parenting Support Fair
Bring the kids!  Support for parents with children, trying to create a community.  Sanei Ginowan Convention City.  558-10 Uchidomari, Ginowan.

January 18th

Ryukyu Kings vs. Bambitious Nara
Okinawa City Gym, Okinawa City.  Tickets vary from ¥900 to ¥4,000 per game. Season tickets available. Tickets can be purchased at Kadena ITT, MCCS Tours+, and box office.  12:30pm doors open, 2pm tip off.

January 20th – 21st

Onna Village Industrial Festival
Various local specialties including food, vegetables, pottery and glassware.  Live music, dance and other performances. Onna Village Fureai, 5973 Kunigami, Onna. 10am – 4pm. Free

January 22nd

2 Star
Pops and Street LIVE performance outside. Carnival Park, American Village, Mihama.  5pm – 7pm.

January 23rd – January 24th

Hundred Imperial Treasures Sun
A ritual even of the woman’s pilgrimage to Shuri Castle.  Shuri Castle Tadashi 1-2 Shurikingo, Naha.  ¥310 – ¥820.  Two showings: 12pm – 1pm, 3pm – 4pm.

Okinawa City Industry Festival
Discover products made specifically in Okinawa City.  Comprehensive Park, 5-3-1 Hiyagon, Okinawa City. 10am – 6pm. Free

January 23rd – February 7th

Mount Yae Cherry Blossom Festival
Approximately 7,000 cherry trees like the 3km mountain road.  Mount Yae Sakura-no-Mori Park.  Free Admission.

Nakijin Gusuku Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry Blossoms and night lightings.  Sitting 100 meters above sea level, the path leading to the castle will be lit with candles. Traditional Okinawan entertainment.  Nakijin Castle Ruins, 5101 Imadomari, Nakijin Village. 8am – 9pm, night lighting 6pm – 9pm).  ¥300 – ¥400

January 29th

Minchu Handmade City
Fair of miscellaneous goods, accessories, fabric, woodworking, plants, etc. Tomigusuku Citizen Gymnasium, 5-2 Toyosaki, Tomigusuku.  11am – 3pm

January 30th – 31st

Nago Cherry Blossom Festival
2km walk through nago Castle Ruins lined with 25,000 cherry trees.  Nago Central Park & city’s downtown area. 11am – 9pm.  Free Admission.

January 30th – February 7th

Okinawa International Orchid Show
30th edition for the Ocean Expo Park orchid show.  Over 30,000 orchids, events, workshops, and music performances.  

January 31st

Umaharashii Ryukyu Horse Racing
A traditional and rare horse race featuring only and handful of horses that can master the specific style of running. Okinawa Zoo, 5-7-1 Goya, Okinawa City.

 

Illuminations

Zakimi Castle Ruins: 708-4 Zakimi, Yomitan.  Daily 6pm – 9pm. Free.  Weather dependant.

Stardust Fantasia: Kanucha Resort, 156-2 Abe, Nago.  Daily 6pm. ¥3,000 at event, ¥2000 in advance.

Mihama American Village Illumination: American Village, Mihama.  Free Daily 6pm – Midnight.  Until January 30th.

Itoman Tourist Farm: 1018 Mabuni, Itoman.  Laser show on December 21st & 24th. Illuminations from January 1st – January 3rd. 6pm – 10pm. 098-840-8135

Ashibi Winter Elegance: Ashibina Outlet Mall, 1-188 Toyosaki, Tomigusuku.  Free. Illuminations until February 14th.  Snowfall at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm.  Illumination show at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm. Daily. 098-891-6000

Tonan Night Decoration: Southeast Botanical Gardens. Illuminations until February 14th. 5pm – 10pm.  Admission ¥1,000 – ¥1,800. Annual passes available.

Yaese Park Nighttime Lighting: 170 lanterns light up the cherry trees.  Yaese Park. 6pm – 9pm. Free.

OTHER
It’s whale watching season!!!

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