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The 61st Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

The Largest Eisa Festival in Okinawa

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The Okinawa Zento (entire island) Eisa Festival is held every year on the first weekend at the beginning of Kyu Bon (Bon Festival of the lunar calendar). The festival got its start in 1956, using the formation of Koza city as a chance to have the Zento Eisa Competition. As an Okinawan summer event, it has become one of the festivals that represent Japan.

 

This festival will be a gathering of organizations such as seinenkai (youth groups) selected from every place in Okinawa and guests from sister cities throughout the country and supporting organizations.

 

The grounds will echo with sanshin (Okinawan instrument), songs, and the rhythm of taiko drums. An intense bachisabaki (the aesthetics of drumming) will move you. The festival is a great event where you can taste the flavor of genuine eisa to your heart’s content.

 

The festival is three-days long. The Michi-junee Parade (as a memorial service for ancestors) will be held on highway 330 Koza Gate Street on Friday. The Okinawa City Youth Group Convention will have their Okinawa City Youth Festival on Saturday. The youth groups gathered from the entire island will meet at Okinawa City Koza Sports Park as the main event on Sunday.

Also, the Beer Festival will simultaneously be held at the Sports Park Sub track & Softball Ground. The synergy will cause the bustle of the festival to continue in the vicinity of the grounds till late at night.

 

 

Events

Event The 61st Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival
Date ≪Friday, August 26- Opening Day Michi-junee≫
Scheduled to start at 18:30
≪Saturday, August 27- Okinawa City Youth Festival≫
Scheduled to start at 15:00
≪Sunday, August 28- Last Day Zento Eisa Festival≫
Scheduled to start at 15:00
Price There will be a charge for upper/stand seats on Saturday and Sunday.
※No charge for the michi-junee parade, seats around the theater or lawn seats
Place ≪Friday, August 26- Opening Day Michi-junee≫
In the Okinawa City Koza Music Town area
≪Saturday, August 27- Okinawa City Youth Festival≫
At the Okinawa City Koza Sports Park Athletics Stadium
≪Sunday, August 28- Last Day Zento Eisa Festival≫
In the Okinawa City Koza Sports Park Athletics Stadium
Address ≪Okinawa City Koza Music Town≫
Okinawa Prefecture, Okinawa, Uechi 904-0031
≪Okinawa City Koza Sports Park Athletics Stadium≫
2-1 Moromizato, Okinawa, Okinawa Prefecture 904-0032, Japan
Access

≪Okinawa City Koza Music Town≫
・ 2 minutes from the Okinawa Expressway Okinawa South Interchange by car
・ Take bus no. 21・23・27・31・63・80・90・112 from the Naha Bus Terminal. Get off at the 胡屋 (goya) bus stop and walk a short distance.

≪Okinawa City Koza Sports Park Athletics Stadium≫
・ 1 minute from the Okinawa Expressway Okinawa South Interchange by car
・ Take bus no. 21 from the Naha Bus Terminal. Get off at the 沖縄市運動公園 (okinawashi undou kouen) bus stop and walk a short distance.

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Parking No parking within the grounds
Temporary parking will be provided in Okinawa city (free shuttle service)
※Please check the details at the official website
URL http://www.zentoeisa.com/