500 people enjoyed goat fighting on Sesoko-jima

500 people enjoyed goat fighting on Sesoko-jima

At 11:35 a.m. on May 4th on Sesoko, Motobu, goats banged their horns together and fought each other.

May 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4, at the Nakata Shokai in Sesoko, Motobu, goat fighting, or pijaorasai was held. Approximately 500 people from the town and visitors gathered and watched goat-fighting as they enjoyed goat sashimi and goat soup.

Twenty goats from Motobu Town and Nago City participated. Raising both forelimbs, the goats fought in a dynamic way as they lowered their bodies and hit their horns against their opponents. Some made friends with their opponent and others ran away from the fight. The venue was full of laughter as spectators enjoyed the unique goat “battle.”

Eighty-one year-old Tetsuo Mukai from Naha said, “I look forward to pijaorasai every year. Goat soup and sashimi are the best here.”

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana) 

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