Okinawa Mud Matsuri: Join to enjoy this crazy naked festival
There are many festivals in Okinawa Prefecture, for fishing, for the god of the sea, for celebrating special days, etc. Tsuboya Yachimun Street Festival is also one of them. “Tsubo” is a Japanese word and it means “a pot”. “Yachimun” is a word used in Okinawa and it is Okinawa’s traditional pottery. In this festival, we can find the traditional arts of Okinawa and make them by ourselves. I think it is a good chance to make your own pottery which is the only one in the world. Now, let’s see the contents of Tsuboya Yachimun Street Festival.
Tsuboya Yachimun Street Festival is usually held on some streets. And there are many traditional pottery shops on the streets. So, we can buy Okinawa’s arts there as souvenirs. They can be nice presents. Besides this, we can see an Okinawa’s traditional dance, which is called “Eisa”, on the streets. Dancers walk through the streets with instruments. It is so beautiful and energetic that we can enjoy the dance.
Moreover, we can have the experience to make our own pottery for free. It is a very rare experience because we can’t make it easily and freely in Japan. You can’t miss this opportunity. We can make the only one pottery in the world! Furthermore, we can meet ponies and ride on them there. So, if you visit this festival with your children, they can also enjoy it by seeing ponies. In addition, there is a pottery museum which is supported by Naha City, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture. During the festival term, we can enter the museum for free so we can enjoy seeing traditional arts in Okinawa. As I described, we can enjoy this festival without much money. It is easy to join!
Basically, there are two days for Tsuboya Yachimun Street Festival. Each day has almost the same contents but there is a slight difference between the two. If you are interested in Okinawa’s traditional arts, I recommend you to join both days. Last year, 2017, the festival was taken place on the 4th and 5th, November. And it started at 10 am and ended at 18:00. This year, it will be held in early November. The place where we have the festival is Tsuboya Yachimun Street. This street is located in Tsuboya, Naha City. We can get there by rail lines. We can use “Yui rail”, a monorail line in Okinawa, from Naha Airport Station. After that, we have to get off the train at Makishi Station and walk to Yachimun Street for about 10 minutes. Once you arrive at the street, you will enjoy seeing Okinawa’s arts soon!
If you hear the name Okinawa, you may imagine beautiful beaches and fresh fishes. However, there are a lot of nice places to visit except the beaches. One is Tsuboya Street as I explained. Okinawa has a long unique history so far. So, I believe you can enjoy them to visit there. I hope you can have a good time to notice Okinawa’s other attractive aspects and become to like Okinawa more. Besides Tsuboya Yachimun Street Festival, there are many festivals we can enjoy in Okinawa throughout the year. If you are planning to have a trip to Okinawa this autumn, it is a good choice to visit Tsuboya Yachimun Street Festival. I believe you can have a good time there and feel fall of Okinawa! I’m sure the trip will be a good memory!
You can enjoy this festival as well with local friends. If you need any guides to take you to the festival and show you more things to do in Japan check below!
Japan is a country of festivals indeed. Matsuri is an essential part of traditional Japanese culture. Thus, every day somewhere in Japan a festival takes place. There are traditional and modern festivals, on the sea and on the ground, in summer and winter. Japanese are hardworking people. However, when you attend at least one festival in Japan, you will understand how locals like to party. The article under the link below will introduce you to a celebration on any day of the year. I am sure you will find an event that suits your interests utmost!
A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!
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