Naha Harii dragon boat race starts under rainy skies

Naha Harii dragon boat race starts under rainy skies

Naha Junior High School team, winner of the junior high school section. Photo by Masatoshi Moromizato

May 4, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The 37th Naha Harii, a three-day dragon boat event, began on March 3 at Naha New Port wharf. On the first day, races were held in various sections including junior high school, PTA and adults. The timing of the competitors’ paddle work was perfectly synchronized as they gave it their all in their colorful dragon boats.
“We didn’t win our race, but it was still a lot of fun. We are sure that our juniors will be able to give it a really good go next year,” said 15 year-old Yurina Shinmori, third grade pupil of Oroku Junior High School, about her team’s performance in the junior high school girls’ section.

In the afternoon, the adult race was canceled part way through because of bad weather. Various other events such as a concert and fireworks are held during the Naha Harii. On May 4, the dragon boat on-board experience will be held, and the next day, the main Barii race and the Ugan Barii, dragon boat of prayer for the god of the sea will be held.

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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