Hamaui held on beaches
March 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
On March 30, which is March 3 in the lunar calendar, Okinawan beaches were crowded with families and people enjoying shellfish gathering. Mitsue Ishikawa, who is from Ginowan City visited the beach at Yagaji, Nago with her daughter and granddaughter, and gathered a bag full of moi seaweed in only 30 minutes. Ishikawa said, “I would like to make Moi Tofu for Shimi Festival this year. It will be delicious because it is fresh.” Her granddaughter Masayume Tanahara replied with a big smile, “I am excited. I want to eat a lot.”
Hamaui is an annual event carried out in the Amami and Okinawa regions. In Okinawa, women go to the beach with some food, and soak their hands and feet in seawater to cleanse themselves as they pray for their well-being. Recently, many people take part as they enjoy shellfish gathering.
On March 30 at Yagaji, Nago City, the family of Mitsue Ishikawa (left) enter the seawater and enjoy seaweed and shellfish gathering for Hamaui.
(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)
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