Eisa Advertising Tower erected at the Raikamu intersection

Eisa Advertising Tower erected at the Raikamu intersection

The tower advertising Okinawa City as “The City of Eisa” at the Raikamu intersection in Yamazato, Okinawa City on June 13.


June 14, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Zento (all islands) Eisa Festival Executive Committee (headed by Mitsuko Tomon, Mayor of Okinawa City) has erected a tower advertising Eisa, a type of folk dance unique to the people of the Ryukyu Islands, at the Raikamu (Rycom) intersection in Yamazato, Okinawa City.
Celebrating the fourth anniversary of Okinawa City proclaiming itself to be “The City of Eisa” on June 13, 2007, the city held a ceremony to announce the completion of the tower on June 13, 2011. The tower has a logo and pictures of Eisa on it. The character “Eibou (Tentative)” smiles down at pedestrians and passing cars and passes on information about Okinawa City being “The center of Eisa.”

Okinawa City plans to build such towers around the Okinawa Expressway Okinawa City South Interchange in 2012 and at the Goya Crossroads in 2013.
To commemorate the fourth anniversary of the declaration of “The City of Eisa,” the Okinawa City Assembly, chaired by Hiroshi Nakasone, read out the declaration statement prior to opening their June regular meeting on June 13.

Okinawa City Mayor Tomon said, “As the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival approaches, various events such as Eisa nights will be held around the city. Thanks to the hard work of our residents, we have succeeded in building this tower, which will warmly welcome visitors to our city.”

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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