Saturday, August 31, 2013

Okinawa Dragon Boat Festival heating up | Japan Update

The Okinawa Dragon Boat Festival, which has inherited much of the aura of the Itoman Haarii as a traditional event, is coming up on Sunday.

The festival begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday at the Itoman Fishing Port Northern Area, in front of the Southern Beach Hotel & Resort, and runs all day to 5 p.m. Organizers say the free festival will be postponed to Sunday, September 8th, if it rains. Parking is available at a nearby lot.

More than 10,000 visitors are expected to this event, and in the future the ripple effect to the local economy and activation of the area are expected. The main purpose of this event is to promote and vitalize the southern part of Okinawa Island.

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