Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Summer Eisa in Okinawa Japan

jts-logo.jpg “Eisa” is an Okinawan ceremonial dance using drums, originally performed to welcome and console the souls of one’s ancestors during the Summer “Bon” season. The steady beat of various drums, colorful and exotic costumes, sweetness of the women’s dance, and dynamic moves by young men, are all the essence of exciting Eisa.

Some videos of Eisa performances can be seen at http://editor.wn.com … arade_Okinawa_Japan/ or on the Naka’s Travel Service YouTube Channel.

Naka’s Travel Service escorts tours to Okinawa from Honolulu every year, see the Okinawa tours page for information on current and future escorted tours.

August 7, 2011: 10,000 Eisar Dance Festa 2011

Dynamic and colorful Eisar dance is what Okinawa’s summer is all about. Out of many Eisar festivals, this is one of the must-see! In this event, the popular Naha shopping street goes completely Eisar for a whole week, concluding with the final parade by 10,000 Eisar dancers. Enjoy watching various Eisar styles, both traditional and new, from youth to elderly dance on-stage and throughout the street.

For more information see http://www.kokusaidori.org/

August 18-21, 2011: The 56th All-Okinawa Eisa Festival

Okinawa City, the home of many famous Eisa teams, has hosted the festival since 1956. There is no such opportunity as this festival where you can see Eisa teams from all over the island together on one field.

For more information see http://www.koza.ne.jp/