Men parade to encourage prosperity ― traditional doudoi held at Kushi, Nago

Men parade to encourage prosperity ― traditional <em>doudoi</em> held at Kushi, Nago

On January 3 at Kushi in Nago, Shuichi Miyagi rides to the community hall on the uma in the doudoi event.

January 18, 2012 Taichi Hirayasu of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 3 at Kushi in Nago, a traditional event called a doudoi was held to wish for prosperity among descendants. People made a cross called an uma out of wood cut out from a stand of trees, and used it to carry a man who hopes to have babies around Kushi. This year, Hidekazu Miyagi rode on the uma and local residents paraded to the community hall with him calling out “Doudoi, doudoi.

Miyagi said with a smile, “It wasn’t easy, but it went well. I think babies won’t be too far away.”

Before the doudoi, kaugami took place at various streams in Kushi and local residents prayed for health and an abundant harvest. Ward mayor Kiyotaka Higa said, “Last year there were many disasters, but this year let’s work together in the community to make it a great year.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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