Magnificent Ryukyu Dynasty-style Royal Procession in Kokusai Street

Magnificent Ryukyu Dynasty-style Royal Procession in Kokusai Street

On October 28, in splendid autumn weather, the Ryukyu Dynasty-style Royal procession featuring some gorgeous costumes was held on Kokusai Street.


October 29, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 28, the third day of the Shurijo Castle Festival commemorating the 20th anniversary of the opening of Shurijo Castle Park, a Ryukyu Dynasty-style Royal procession was held in Kokusai Street in Naha. The festival was organized by the event’s executive committee, with assistance from the Shuri Promotion Association, the Naha Junior Chamber and the Ryukyu Shimpo Newspaper.

About one thousand people participated in the procession, which consisted of three main parts, one for the king and queen of the Ryukyu Kingdom, one for Chinese envoys and the other for parties of traditional entertainers. The festival commenced with the procession of the king and queen of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It entertained the many spectators who gathered along the road with bustling performances of traditional hatagashira or flag pole performances, and groups of people dancing the kachashi.

Naoki Tanaka and Rumi Tsukahara, who visited Okinawa from Honshu to see the festival, said, “The queen was beautiful. The climax of the festival was the eisa dance. We had a great time.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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