It’s the end of summer, and the Okinawans are bidding sayonara to the Summer in style.
But it’s not all that. It also marks the end of Obon Festival, which pretty much the equivalent of the Day of the Dead. Thus, it is also a farewell to their ancestors.
American celebrates it as Halloween. Chinese has Ghost Festival. Philippines is the same way where they visit their departed family member’s grave, clean and honor it.
Well the deal with Okinawa, Japan particularly is that they celebrate a kind of continuation of the Day of Dead with Eisa Festival in a festive, loud, artful, and very lively way… unlike any other.
The costumes are not entirely Japanese but of traditional to Okinawa. The drums are called taiko, or shimedaiko or paaranku. The dance, the beating of the drums and the music are creative, meaningful, and also competitive between cities.
Those two above, the one with the flag and the whistler, are always there.
Below, to your left is one of the two of the festival’s icons.
Ooops, I meant to your right.
I’m so proud of my jump shots.
This kid below eats the most number of gigs of my camera memory card.
I really love the jump shots. Here’s the group.
… and bow.
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