Eisa 2014

Young men play big drums
Big drummers performs on an alley at night

Nishibaru Youth Association dances Eisa during Bon Festival.

The last weekend was Bon festival here in Okinawa.

It is one of the most important family events in the year in Okinawa and more widely practiced than in the rest of Japan. Another thing that makes Okinawa’s Bon unique is Eisa dance.

During the three-day bon festival, local youth groups around the Okinawa island dance Eisa through their communities. Some groups march through the streets until late night with the sound of drums and sanshin, and local residents stay awake to see their community’s young men and women to come by their houses to dance no matter how late it would be.

It’s a special time of the year for Okinawans.

big drummers play drumms and dance around the puppeteer



Eisa puppeteer holding the team flag blows a finger flute


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