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New Year’s banquet at Shuri Castle: Ryukyu Kingdom era ritual performed as prayer for peace

New Year's banquet at Shuri Castle: Ryukyu Kingdom era ritual performed as prayer for peace

January 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 1, the annual New Year’s banquet began at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha, Okinawa. The event is held every year from January 1 to 3.

The Chouhaiokishiki, or Imperial Court New Year’s morning ceremony from the Ryukyu Kingdom era, was held on January 1 and 2. The ritual consisted of three parts.

The spectacular event attracted many tourists and families.

At Ninufanu-unufe, the first part of the event, a man playing the role...