Team Wakat-da wins gold award at 2015 World Eisa Competition
September 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
The 2015 World Eisa Competition sponsored by Urasoe City held its main event, the original eisa contest, on September 22 at National Theatre Okinawa in Urasoe City. Tijinshu Wakat-da from Urasoe City won the group’s grand first prize. CHURASA from Itoman City, Naha Daiko from Naha City, and Original Eisa Takanabe Shinkancha from Miyazaki Prefecture won the second, third, and a special award respectively.
Nineteen groups consisting of 13 groups from Okinawa, three groups from other prefectures, and three groups from abroad performed in the grand prize category. An 18-year old team member from Tijinshu Wakat-da, Eiki Shiroma, shared his delight, commenting, “We danced synchronizing our feelings and hearts.”
There was also an Eisa Conference to discuss new eisa styles at Yui no Machi at Urasoe Industry Promotion Center on September 23.
(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)
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