Shisa Day event at Tsuboya

<em>Shisa</em> Day event at Tsuboya

On the afternoon of April 3, people enjoyed a performance by children at the Shisa Day event in Tsuboya, Naha.

April 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 3, the opening ceremony of the 13th Shisa Day event was held at Tsuboya, Naha. The Tsuboya Pottery Museum has a display of 29 ceramic shisa works made by Okinawan craftsmen. This exhibition will be held until April 20. Shisa is a traditional Okinawan ceramic art. Shisa or lion-dogs are believed to ward off evil spirits. On April 3, people celebrate Shisa Day event each year around Tsuboya area, which is famous for yachimun or pottery.

Children from the Tsuboya Shisa Daiko, a drum group, the Tsuboya C House, and the Shuri Sueyoshi Lion Dance Conservation Society performed their dance at the opening ceremony. Tatsunori Yogi, the chair of the event planning committee said, “We would like to spread shisa culture from this square, at the center of which the Ufu or big shisa stands.”

Tomomi Takaesu, who attended the event with her 2-year-old son, remarked, “Shisa is important to our community. I want children to grow up with Ufu shisa.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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