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Culture Beach Festival 2017, Ikei Island , Okinawa Japan

It's the summer season in Okinawa which means typhoons and festival season. Both are anticipated every year and enjoyed by many local people and...

February 2017 Local Events Calendar

CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. Here you’ll find a list of local events for the month of February. Events on the island are constantly being created...

Ringing In The New Year, Okinawa-Style

Ringing In The New Year, Okinawa Style. CONTRIBUTED BY KARI F. Most cultures have annual customs and celebrations revolving around the new year, and I...

December 2016 Local Events Calendar

December 2016 Local Events Calendar CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. Here you’ll find a list of local events for the month of December. Events on the island...

Taiiku-No-Hi, Undokai, and Rajio Taiso – All About Sports!

This post was originally published on October 3, 2009; we are resharing it with you so you have a better understanding of this unique national sports...

October 2016 Local Events Calendar

October 2016 Local Events Calendar CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. Here you’ll find a list of local events for the month of October. Local events on the...

Respect for the Aged Day; Keiro No Hi- Autumnal Equinox Day

Keiro no hi, the Autumnal Equinox Day is celebrated on the third Monday of September; this year it falls on September 19th; Shubun no hi...

August 2016 Local Events Calendar

CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. August is here and we have a list of local events for the month. Events on the island are constantly being...

Tanabata – The Star Festival

This post was originally published on June 30, 2008. We're pulling it out of the archives for you to enjoy.  Make a wish! According to...

2016 Local Events Calendar Billed for July

CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. Here you’ll find a list of local events for the month of July. Events on the island are constantly being created...

Kodomo-no-hi Children’s Day

Editor's Note: Kodomo-no-hi Children's Day was originally published on May 29, 2009; we're pulling it out of the archives for those of you who...

Showa Day (Emperor’s Birthday)

This post was originally published on April 25, 2011.  We're pulling it out of the archives for all of you - especially our newer...

Lily Festival on Ie Island

The 2016 festival will run from Saturday, April 23 - Thursday, May 5, 2016. This post was originally published on May 2, 2008.   CONTRIBUTED BY...

Ryujin No Utage (Feast of the Dragon God)

CONTRIBUTED BY HANNAH CURTIS  Having been on island for two years, we have been to our fair share of festivals, but I have to say...

Tsuboya Pottery Festival

CONTRIBUTED BY HANNAH  CURTIS You don’t have to look very far in Okinawa for gorgeous pottery; you can take a trip to the Yomitan Pottery...

The Azalea Festival in Higashi Village

The 2016 azalea festival on Okinawa runs from March 1st through the 21st. Find out more below! CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA Annually in March Higashi Village hosts a...

Okinawa Food Flea

CONTRIBUTED BY KASSIE O'DRISCOLL Okinawa Food Flea is a festival held about every other month in Chatan that had me hooked from the very beginning....

Annual Okinawa Burger Fest (Hosted by Ginoza Village)

Editor's Note: The Annual Okinawa Burger Festival is held every fall in late November or early December depending on weather. At the time of publication...

Christmas in the North: Free Holiday Fun in Okinawa!

CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA It is that time of the year. A time for Christmas carols, sleigh bells jingling and beautiful lights a twinkling. If...

Shishimai (Lion Dance) Festival

CONTRIBUTED BY SHELL BURGER When my husband first mentioned going to a Shishimai Festival I was a little hesitant, especially having a very wiggly and...

Mid-Autumn Celebration at Shuri Castle

CONTRIBUTED BY SHELL BURGER Every September around the fall equinox, or what the Japanese call “Mid-Autumn,” Shuri Castle holds what they call their “Mid-Autumn Celebration”...

Be My “White Day” Valentine

This post was originally published on March 14, 2009. We're pulling it out of the archives for you to enjoy.  White Day is always...

Azalea Festival

This post was originally published on March 14, 2008. Because it's azalea season again, we're pulling it out of the archives for our newer...

Valentine’s Day in Japan

This post was originally published on February 13, 2010. We're pulling it out of the archives for all of you - especially our newer...

Satsubun, or Tossing Perfectly Good Soybeans

This post was originally published on February 3, 2008. We're pulling it out of the archives for you to enjoy.   Satsubun, while not a...

Sunflower Festival

The location and dates of the 2015 festival have changed from previous years. This year it will operate from February 28th through March 15th.  CONTRIBUTED...

Seijin-no-hi: Coming-of-Age Holiday

This post was originally published on January 9, 2010.  We're pulling it out of the archives so that all of you - especially our...

The Naha Tug of War

This post was originally published on February 3, 2008. We're pulling it out of the archives for you to enjoy.  The Naha Tug Of...

10,000 Eisa Dancers Parade

This post was originally published on August 1, 2008.  We're pulling it out of the archives for all of you - especially our newer...

Yonabaru Tug of War

CONTRIBUTED BY JANNEL KETTENRING Yonbaru The Rope Yonbaru Parade Almost all of us have heard of the amazing tug of war that happens each October in Naha,...

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