Goat-fighting or pijaorasai held on Sesoko Island

Goat-fighting or <em>pijaorasai</em> held on Sesoko Island

On May 4, at Nakata Shokai in Sesoko, Motobu, Yoshihata got stuck into Tokara-two at the annual pijaorasai.

May 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4, at the Nakata Shokai in Sesoko, Motobu, the annual goat-fighting, or pijaorasai event was held. Goats from Sesoko Island and Katsuyama in Nago took part in 16 bouts. Surrounded by the smell of goat soup, they smashed their horns against each other fiercely.

On this day, Teruya-five participated in four bouts and displayed a seemingly boundless fighting spirit. In the last bout, he caught the hoof of his opponent, Kunjan, in an unguarded moment and Kunjan let out a shriek.

In the bout between Yoshihata and Tokara-two, Tokara-two attacked bravely early in the piece but Yoshihata responded by pretending to flee, before fighting back with sheer power and finally getting Tokara-two out beyond the fence.

The pijaorasai in Sesoko Island is held every year in May and November. Wataru Nakada, the president of the Sesoko Island Pijaorasai Preservation Society, said, “These days, there are some goats that don’t know how to fight, but I will train them up for November’s event.”

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

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