Eisa Hall opens in Okinawa city for visitors to practice

Eisa Hall opens in Okinawa city for visitors to practice

Staff celebrate the opening of the Eisa Hall with a ribbon cutting ceremony


March 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo



An opening ceremony for Eisa Hall was held at Koza Music Town in Okinawa city on March 25, with many citizens attending the ceremony. The facility is expected to play a role as a comprehensive information hub for eisa dance. The entrance fee was free on March 25 until the hall closed at 9:00 p.m. (last admittance at 8:30).


The exhibit is unique in a way that visitors can not only learn about the history of eisa and its development, but they can also actually experience various activities. There is some space where visitors can practice the shimedaiko (hand-held drum) and odaiko (big drum), as well as a place where visitors can take photos in eisa costumes. Okinawa City developed the facility utilizing a government subsidy.


Okinawa City Mayor Sachio Kuwae spoke at the ceremony saying, “We will make this a place where people can feel the dance, and where we can widely appeal the value of eisa,” calling for many visitors to come to the hall.


The facility is closed on Wednesdays. Business hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The entrance fee for adults is 300 yen, and 100 yen for elementary school students to high school students. Kids younger than elementary school age can enter the facility for free. For more information, contact the Eisa Hall at 098-989-5066.


(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)


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