Hamauri held at beaches – people purify themselves

<em>Hamauri</em> held at beaches - people purify themselves

March 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 24, which is May 3 in the lunar calendar, a ceremony called hamauri was held at beaches around Okinawa. Every year, Okinawan people go to the beaches where they soak their hands and feet in seawater to cleanse themselves as they pray for their well-being. On March 23, the day before hamauri, at beaches around Okinawa, many people took advantage of the fine weather as they enjoyed gathering shellfish.

“I love the sea, so I come here every year. Last year, we didn’t find many shellfish, but today I did,” said Satsuki Arakaki, who visited Awase mudflat in Okinawa City with her family. She displayed her bucket full of asari or Manila clams and said with a smile, “They taste great in miso soup.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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