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Annual Night Sightseeing in Motobu Town “Tourism Culture Festa in Motobu”

post : 2014.05.06 20:00



 “Pump up the night tourism in Motobu Town!”

Motobu Bull Fighting Association and Sesoko Island Pijaorasai Preservation Society and Motobu Town Tourism Association started an event “Motobu Tourism Culture Festa.” On Saturday, April 26, “The 4th Motobu Tourism Culture Festa”was held.

I ran to the venue, the all-purposed event space in Motobu Town, where I found bulls, goats and a sign stand that read: “The First Prize for the Lottery”


“Motobu Tourism Culture Festa” is a night sightseeing event where you can watch Pijaorasai (Goat Fighting) and Ushiorase (Bull Fighting). 

With the price of admission comes a lottery ticket.  In the latter half of the event, a big lottery is held.  The first prize is awesome!  You can win baby goat!

 

The venue is in the round with 360-degree seating surrounding a circular ring is a full scale operation of bull-fighting ring.

The event started with Eisa (a traditional folk dance) performance by the local children, which was followed by showcase Pijaorasai.

Bull fighting can be seen in some other parts of Japan, but goat fighting called Pijaorasai is a rare event.  Sesoko Island in Motobu Town is home to Pijaorasai.

The Pijaorasai in Sesoko Island is held twice every year in May and November. 

Even if you miss both of them, you can watch Pijaorasai in “Motobu Tourism Culture Festa.” A good point is that tourists can understand bouts clearly with interpreting service (Only in Japanese. So please ask your Japanese friend for help.).

The highlight of Pijaorasai is to jump and smash their horns against each other so fiercely that you can hear the thumping sound of horns hitting the skull.  You will be impressed by their boundless fighting spirit so that it ends up someone has to cut in on to stop the bout. 
 

Before Ushiorase, a local comic band called Thururunten performed a LOL (Laughing Out Loud) live.  One of the members called himself from San Fransesoko (Sesoko Island?).

Band members and the audience danced kachasii (a Okinawan dance to perform on happy occasion) together at the bull-fighting ring.

 

The event had reached a climax when Ushiorase started.

Two bulls, both weighing nearly 1 ton, smashed their horns against each other until one of the bulls finally turned around ran away.   

 A man called the “Seko” on the field got the bull pumped up with shouts, which made the bulls stir themselves up.

In the final contest, two bulls fought very hard without the reins until one of them lost. At the last moment, one bull knocked out the opponent so fast and furiously that a photographer ran away quickly.

 

Can you guess who won the first prize baby goat?

Children who was at minpaku (Please see below *) and their host family members in Motobu Town.

If they could not bring the baby goat home with them, someone among the audience could have bought it for 20, 000 yen cash from them.

But they decided to bring it home. Nobody knows what happened to the goat after that.  They keep it as a pet or they enjoyed the taste of it …???.

(* Minpaku: You stay in a traditional house, and experience life in a rural household and eat traditional cuisine made with home-grown or locally-sourced ingredients.)
 

Recommended sightseeing information in Motobu Town during Golden Week is Pijaorasai you can enjoy at the all-purpose event space in Motobu Town.

 

This is a great chance to watch the official tournament of Pijaorasai, which is usually held twice on Sesoko Island.

How can you miss this opportunity to experience a real Pijaorasai? 

Pijaorasai”(Please note: this event is over this year. Please come out next year!)

Date and Time: 11:00~, Sunday, May 4

Location: The all-purpose event space in Motobu Town

Admission: 1,000 yen / Free for junior high school students and younger)

Website: http://www.motobu-ka.com/page/1738.html

(Please note: The website is written in Japanese. So please ask your Japanese friend for help.)

“Motobu Tourism Culture Festa”is scheduled to hold on the following dates this year.

“The 5th Motobu Tourism Culture Festa”

Date and Time: 18:00~, Saturday, July 26

Location: The all-purpose event space in Motobu Town

Admission: 1,500 yen (on-site), 1,000 yen (advance)

/ Free for junior high school students and younger
 

“The 6th Motobu Tourism Culture Festa”

Date and Time: 18:00~, Saturday, October 25

Location: The all-purpose event space in Motobu Town

Admission: 1,500 yen  (on-site), 1,000 yen (advance)

/ Free for junior high school students and younger

Okinawa CLIP Photo Writer KUWA

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