Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri
Okinawa-shi, Okinawa Prefecture
Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri is held every year in Okinawa city, Okinawa prefecture on the weekend of Obon according to the old calendar. It is a big event where you can experience the real thrill of the authentic Eisa in a thoughtful manner while being impressed by the rhythm of three(san), line(shin), song, and drum, which resonates at the venue, and be impressed by its powerful buttress. Eisa is one of Okinawa’s traditional arts which is a main dance festival on the mainland. Each youth association in each area has its own style and walks while dancing in the area on the evening of Obon according to the old calendar. Eisa has various forms, but now, most youth associations are “Taiko Eisa” centred on large drum (Odaiko) and squeezing drum, and the Okinawa prefecture central area is said to be the most popular area. In recent years, there are many groups of “creative drums” that incorporate Eisa’s model, in which the music uses pop, costumes are ingenious, and so on. Enjoy the powerful Eisa filled with soul!