Royal procession of 700 take Kokusai Street

Royal procession of 700 take Kokusai Street

The king and queen were carried around Naha City’s Kokusai Street in uchuus during the Ryukyu Dynasty Parade on the afternoon of October 28 (photographed by Naoya Oshiro.)


October 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo


The Ryukyu Dynasty Parade was held on Kokusai Street in Naha City on October 28, the second day of the Shuri Castle Festival. Many spectators lined the streets to enjoy the annual procession. Onlookers cheered in amazement and adoration as they took photos of this year’s king and queen who were dressed in vibrantly colored costumes.


The procession of nearly 700 people paraded through Kokusai Street with the king, Hiroyuki Kamiyama and queen, Ayana Nagamine leading the way on palanquins known as uchuus, with traditional performance groups in tow. The extravagant and enchanting reenactment brought the Ryukyu Dynasty era to life, captivating spectators.


Tokio Nimoto, a 59-year-old Naha City resident said with apparent satisfaction, “I got to experience the culture of the Ryukyu Kingdom era and I’m feeling proud of Okinawa all over again.”


(English translation by T&CT and Monica Shingaki)



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