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Naha Haarii Visit this local event and have a first-hand haarii experience for free.

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.

Event name: Naha Haarii Date: Saturday-Monday, May 3-5, 2014 Place: Naha Wharf Admission: Free For inquiries: (Naha City Tourist Association) 098-862-1442

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Hands-on haarii experience for everyone On May 4, the second day of the festival, visitors 6 years old and up can have the opportunity to enjoy a 20-minute dragon boat ride free of charge. There will be three boats available for this event, and each can accommodate up to 30 passengers. Applications are accepted at the site. If you are interested in taking the ride, you need to allow some time; this is a very popular event, and you may have to wait a bit for your turn.

Time: 11:00-16:00

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Access information There is no parking available at the festival venue for visitors. Some private/temporary parking lots (fee) can be found in the vicinity but are limited in number; you are strongly recommended to use taxi, monorail (get off at Asahibashi Stn.) or bus to get to the festival.

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.

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.

 

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

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

 

Friday, May 3, 2014

9:50-10:30  Opening ceremony at the main gate

10:30 – 16:50  Sumo championship match at sub stage

10:30 – 11:00  Concert by Brass Band at main stage

10:15 – 18:30  Boat race by junior high school students, parents and teachers, at the sea

11:00 – 11:30  Eisa at the main stage

11:30 – 12:30  Okinawan performing arts at the main stage

12:30 – 13:00 Children’s performing arts by Hanayakara at the main stage

13:00 – 14:00 O-1 Comedy Grand Prix at the main stage

14:30 – 16:00 Music band contest at the main stage

19:00 – 19:30  Live music by Isamu Shimoji at main stage

19:40 – 20:30 Live music by Parsha Club at the main stage

20:40 – 21:00  Fireworks “Fantasy of Sound and Light“ on the seaside

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Saturday, May 4, 2014

11:00 – 16:00 Experience getting on the dragon boat used in the haarii race (1200-13:00)

at the seaside

11:45 – 16:30 Bench press championship at the venue

14:00 – 16:00  Aerobics contest at the main stage

16:20 – 17:00  Haisai Street Dance Show at the main stage

19:00 – 19:30  Live music by Manami at the main stage

19:40 – 20:30  Live music by Diamantes at the main stage

20:40 – 21:00 Fireworks “Fantasy of Sound and Light“ on the seaside

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Sunday, May 5, 2014

10:30 – 16:00 Haarii dragon boat race (public), at the sea

10:3015:00  Entertainment show by children at the sub stage

13:00 – 15:00 Live music by Oyaji Band at the main stage

14:00 – 15:00 Idol Festival at the sub stage

15:30 – 16:00 Live music by Akira Kawabata at the main stage

16:00 – 17:25 Haarii main race, at the sea

17:00 – 18:00 Folk song show at the sub stage

18:00 – 19:00  Show by Aimoco and Yugafufu at the sub stage

19:00 – 19:30  Live music by Shiori at the main stage

19:40 – 20:30  Live music by Kiiyama Shouten at the main stage

20:40 – 21:00  Fireworks “Fantasy of Sound and Light“ on the seaside

 

Naha Haarii — Summer festival season is now upon us!


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