Eisa Festival: Saying Sayonara to the Summer in Style

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.Β 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. πŸ˜†

I’m so proud of my jump shots.

This kid below eats the most number of gigs of my camera memory card. πŸ˜€


I really love the jump shots. Here’s the group.


… and bow.


Last call…


Come check out my EVENTS posts. you also an see my event posts all September back to my homepage.


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  1. I love that first photo, well there all great, but that first one is a winner! Hard to believe “summer” is behind us and its officially Autumn in Japan. With this heat it still feels very like summer

    • Oh yessss, this group in particular screams a lot, and I just had to capture them. Their performance showed a lot of power through the screaming and heavy beating of the drum. I had three pictures of him just to show how I love my shots of him screaming his lungs out. πŸ˜€

      Actually, it is scorching hot in herrrre in the summer. I had to adjust so much to the humidity and mugginess of the weather here. Though today, it rains a lot, and we are anticipating more throughout the week.

      Thanks for the feedback and visit, Elle. Have a great one to your end of the globe.

  2. Gremlins again! I fixed that about 6 months ago (at least I thought I did) and never thought to check it again after testing it immediately after. thank you so much for letting me know. Time for bed here now, but I will sort it in the morning. Thanks again.

  3. really cool shots, reminds me of powwows here..and hats off for the great jump shots! πŸ™‚ oh and ps, I think the icon on the left is way cuter than the one on the right! oh and what is PDX people republic of xylophones??? :p

      • pow wows are what native americans do here, very similar to what you were taking pics of….dressed up in native clothes, drums, dancing, very spiritually based. πŸ™‚

          • modern term…but the native americans have them all the time, esp in the summer! they’re so much fun. just like a festival with all kinds of venders, lots of turquoise… πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, it’s very interesting how different cultures have different ways to approach one certain common thing. It’s interesting that they celebrate Day of the Dead very early too.

  4. Yes to the jump shots! Those are really something to crow about! I like the tone and pomp of the Eisa Festival, Rommel. I haven’t heard of it before, and I love learning how other cultures celebrate their ancestry and bidding goodbye to summer is a really wonderful use of pageantry! I am eager to go over and spend some time in your events section! You have been busy!

    • I actually missed the actual Day of the Dead. I’m so glad I didn’t miss this one. It’s weird that they celebrate it in a lively way given it means saying goodbye to the ancestors. Really cool to differentiate cultures between each other.

    • I have been dreaming of catching any Asian festival for so long, and I’m so glad I finally get to witness one. The closest one I had is the Chinese New Year, but it was LA. I wanted this. It’s a dream come true for me, and I’m thankful for it.

  5. I cannot believe summer is about over. The fall colors should be changing here in Colorado soon. Those are some great shots you captured. I agree, I like those jump shots.

    • -ber month facebook status warning was very rampant as if not everyone has a calendar. Ahihihi πŸ˜†
      Can you imagine holding on to that drum, jump, then having to stay in sync with the beat, the music and the choreography! Really smething to applaud to.

  6. Hi Rommel .. whoa.. can see you would have enjoyed this alot ! I remember you Chinese NY post Lol
    Bet that drumming really gets everyone going πŸ™‚

  7. I love the expressions you have captured on the faces of many of the drummers. We loved to experience local festivals when we traveled throughout Mexico.

  8. Hi Rommel, sorry I’ve been away from your blog for so long. Your pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing your tricks. I love your jumping shots, but really you are doing so well! I’ve been thinking about you recently, just wondering how you were doing, but been so busy I’m way behind reading blogs. Looks like you are doing great. Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

    • Ahihihi … No probs at all. It always happens for bloggers. I was away for 5 months actually. πŸ˜€ Well thanks for checking in. Just don’t be shy to say hi. πŸ˜€ Happy blogging!

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