Ryukyu Dynasty procession unfolds

Ryukyu Dynasty procession unfolds

On October 27, the Ryukyu Dynasty procession paraded along Kokusai Street, Naha, carrying the “King” and “Queen” on palanquins.

October 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Dynasty procession was held in Kokusai Street, Naha on October 27, the third day of the Shurijo Castle Festival. Reenacting the colorful event from the Ryukyu Dynasty almost one thousand people took part in the procession, including those in the roles of king and queen, sapposhi or envoy of the Chinese Emperor. According to the organizers, about 30,800 people, including roadside spectators, enjoyed traditional arts such as ryubu, eisa dance as well as the standard-bearer’s performance.

Mitsuko Yoda from Aichi Prefecture said, “I timed my visit so I would be here for the Shurijo Castle Festival. I am really glad to be able to watch the powerful eisa close up.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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