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Naha Haarii


With more than 200,000 visitors annually, the Naha Haarii is the island’s biggest such event, held at the Naha Shinko Terminal for three days on May 3-5. Compared to sabani in other areas, the sabani of Naha are colorful and bigger, featuring a dragon figurehead on the bow and its tail on the stern, a reminder of the elegance of the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom. While the capacity of a regular sabani is 11 to 12 people, a large boat called the haryusen (haarii boat), used in the Naha Haarii’s final race, or hon baarii (main race), can hold 32 oarsmen, two bell ringers, two helmsmen and six other crewmen, offering a impressive view of teamwork during the race.

Displaying not only the fruits of the tireless practice of each team, the racing venue also hosts a wealth of entertainment including live stage performances featuring local singers and dancers, contests and more with fireworks to end the day.


Date: May 3-5, 2013

Place: Naha Shinko Terminal, Naha City

Events & Festivals >> Naha Haarii


Races are held on the first and third day; you can ride in one of the boats on the second day, when no races take place. The ugwan (prayer) haarii and the main haarii are featured on the third day.


Everyone — from children and the elderly to tourists and foreigners, people of all ages and nationalities — is excited cheering from the shore.



There are various forms of haarii, including the ugwan haarii, praying for a safe voyage and a good catch, and the open haarii, where numerous groups participate in the races.


Ten percent of participants at this dynamic international race are American military members.



May 3, 2013

9:50  Opening ceremony

10:15  Junior high school and general dragon boat races (until 18:30)

10:30  Okinawa Sumo Tournament (until 16:50)

10:30  Kinjo Junior High School Band

11:00  Eisa performances

11:30  Okinawan traditional performance

12:30  Okinawan song show

19:00  Live: Shimoji Isamu

19:40  Live: Parsha Club

20:40  Fireworks: Fantasy of Music and Lights


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May 4, 2013

11:00  Dragon boat ride experience (until 16:00)

11:45  Bench press tournament (until 16:30)

14:00  Aerobics contest

14:00  Live: Aimoco

16:20  Street dance show

19:00  Live: Manami

19:40  Live: DIAMANTES

20:40  Fireworks: Fantasy of Music and Lights


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May 5, 2013

10:30  Dragon boat race (until 16:00)

10:30  Kids show (until 15:00)

13:00  Live: Aimoco

13:00  Oyaji Band Show

14:00  Idol performance

15:30  Live: Kawabata Akira

16:00  Ugan-baari & Hon-baari Dragon boat race

17:00  Okinawan song show

18:00  Live: Aimoco

19:00  Live: Shiori

19:40  Live: Kiyama Shoten

20:40  Fireworks: Fantasy of Music and Lights




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