Nishimura wins Itoman Hare on Yukkanuhi
June 8, 2016 Ryuykyu Shimpo
On June 8, which was May 4 in the Lunar Calendar, the Itoman Hare boat race was held at Itoman Harbor Central Area in Itoman City to usher in the fishing season with prayers for a safe voyage and a big catch. At Nashiro of Itoman City and Ou Island in Nanjo City, Hare was carried out from the early morning and exciting races were staged under blue skies.
Itoman Hare started off with Ugan Bare (a traditional canoe race, which is also kind of prayer), raced by rowers from the old villages of Nishimura, Nakamura, and Mijima. Nishimura won, with the team showing strong handling of their oars. At 3 p.m., Agaisubu, 2-kilometer distance race was held.
At Nashiro Hari in Itoman City, the three communities of Kushinti, Nakanti and Menti raced each other, and Kushinti won. 34-year-old Kazuki Ishiki, who was a No.1 rower, grabbed his bottle once on land, showing jubilation for his team’s win.
On Ou Island, Tamashiro, Nanjo City, Ou Island Sea-God Festival, which is a Hari event, was held.
At Hon Bari, there are seven different kinds of races such as Nagare Bune, in which rowers jump off from the bridge. Kunkerashi is a rare kind of race where rowers fall into the sea and must turn over their team’s canoe. With sweat in their palms from the excitement, the audience cheered loud at the race. At Hon Bari, the East won with four wins, two losses, and one draw.
(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)
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