10,000 eisa dancers put together energetic performance

10,000 eisa dancers put together energetic performance

Performers showing energetic eisa dances at the Ten Thousand Person Eisa Dance Parade


August 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo


The 24th Ten Thousand Person Eisa Dance Parade was held at the Kokusai Street in Naha City in the afternoon on August 5.

With this year’s theme, “traditional versus creative,” 4,000 performers from 62 groups including youth groups from communities and individual groups shared energetic performances to entertain the 78,000-person audience from in and out of Okinawa.

The performers combined traditional eisa and popular eisa dance.


The performance was held throughout ten locations between Saion Square in Asato and Palette-Kumoji.

Many audience-members visited the sites to enjoy the performances by the dancers in traditional costumes in the 30-degree heat.


28-year-old performer Yuki Gushi, who performed a form of creative eisa with the Uehara Daiko team commented, “I felt chimudondon (my heart pounding).

I have been performing eisa since I was in the fourth grade in elementary school, but I noticed as I got older I developed different ways of expression through performance.”


54-year-old visitor Hiroki Matsubara from Toyama Prefecture said, “It was impressive and rhythmical.

It was totally different from the emotional performance we have in Toyama.”


(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)


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