These Festivals Aren't Just Fun and Games

The performers at the All Okinawa Eisa Festival work very hard to get to this point, and they go all out during the performances in front of the judges.  You can tell this guy and putting some energy into his routine.  There are many teams from all the towns throughout Okinawa who compete to represent their hometown at this island wide competition.  We as observers can't truly appreciate the work that goes into this annual event.  To us it's about watching some performances, eat some food, drink some beer (did I mention before that this thing is held in parallel with the Orion Beer Festival?) and just wander around.  There's four photos here, which will probably complete my series from this event.

 

IT'S NOT JUST FUN AND GAMES:

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THE MORE DELICATE SIDE

 

SANSEN PLAYER (TRADITIONAL OKINAWA STRINGED INSTRUMENT). They are traditionally made with snakeskin.

 

COSTUMED UP AND READY TO GO