10,000 Eisa Dancers Festival in Naha

Despite my title for this entry, there are no pictures of dancers nor did we see any. Our intention was to see them, anyway.

Every year in August, 10,000 dancers march down Kokusai street in the capitol city of Naha performing the traditional Okinawan dance known as Eisa. We missed the first half since instead of parking and walking to Kokusai street, we parked farther away just so we could get the ‘experience’ of riding the monorail in Naha. Once we entered the crowded foot traffic on Kokusai street, it was seemingly intermission, so we decided to eat and have a beer. At some point during our meal, the rest of the dancers entertained onlookers while my group obliviously chowed down. I think I heard some large drum beats from my seat, but I guess I found the ice cold Orion beer more interesting at the time.

Upon leaving, it was still more crowded than normal, but the parade had disappeared down the street. We decided to just do our typical wandering around as we did 6 or 7 weeks before when we toured Kokusai street the first time.

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The monorail arrives (somehow Stanley always manages to make it into most of my photos)

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Make sure those crab claws don’t get caught in the closing doors

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Okinawa’s only monorail system

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The crowded scene on Kokusai street

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McClernon demonstrates why we missed the show

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No more Eisa dancers

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Paused in a stairwell while trying to find an interesting place

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Yummm…. Okinawan style Desperado, a shot of awamori into a glass of Orion beer

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Stopped at a Mexican cafe in the area for a taco and a Corona