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Shurijo Castle Festival

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Held in autumn, this is one of the biggest annual events on Okinawa. Starting with a departure ceremony at the Seiden, a grand procession in brilliant period dress recreates the Ryukyu Kingdom picture scroll procession. In three groups — the king and queen’s procession, the envoys’ procession and the traditional arts procession — a throng of more than a thousand people parade along Kokusai Street. At the same time, kumiodori and other traditional dances are performed on a stage erected at the castle park.

Shurijo Castle prospered as the Ryukyu Kingdom’s center of politics, diplomacy and culture for approximately 450 years. The castle was the residence of the king and royal family as well as the headquarters of the Shuri government, which traded with China, Japan and East Asian countries, resulting in the import of goods and knowledge into the kingdom. It was also the heart of culture and the arts, where court (classical) dance was born to welcome Chinese ambassadors.

 

Event name: Shurijo Castle Festival
Date: Oct. 25, 26, 27, Nov. 3, 2013

 

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Traditional Performances
Place: Shicha-Nu-Una stage in Shurijo Castle park
Date: Friday, Oct. 25 – Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
Time: Oct. 25 — 10:00-16:20, Oct. 26-27 — 10:00-20:20
Admission: Free

 

Imperial Chinese Envoys’ Parade and Ceremony
Place: Shureimon to Shicha-Nu-Una (Shurijo Castle Park parade), Una (ceremony)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
Time: 11:50-13:10
Admission: Varies depending on area of castle

 

Bankoku Shinryou Candle Lighting
Place: Shurijo Castle Park (Shureimon / Open space in front of Shurisuimuikan / around Ryutan)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
Time: 17:00-21:00
Admission: Free

 

Ryukyu Kingdom Parade
Place: Kokusai Street
Date: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
Time 12:30-14:30
Admission: Free

 

Ryukyu Dynasty Festival
Place: Shurijo Castle’s Una / Kankaimon / Shureimon / Torihori intersection (Naha City)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
Time: 12:50-15:30
Admission: Varies depending on area of castle

 

Shurijo Castle Park map: http://oki-park.jp/shurijo-park/english/facilities/index.html

 


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