Okinawa Tourism Information:IwenttotheItoman-shiKyanYouthAssociation's'KyanEisa-'.Iwassodeeplymovedwiththeimpressivedanceperformance!

I went to the Itoman-shi Kyan Youth Association's 'Kyan Eisa-'. I was so deeply moved with the impressive dance performance!

post : 2013.09.16 16:00

I went to the Itoman-shi Kyan Youth Association's 'Kyan Eisa-'.
Being the 49th performance, the 'Evening of Kyan Eisa- Bon Odori' takes place every year.

Traditionally passed down from generation to generation, and creating its own unique style,
the main features are the Pa-lanku-(small tambor), and the strong hips and the turn of the hand,
and a splendid dance performance with a flower motif.
I was so deeply moved with the impressive dance performance!

Domestically, 'Eisa-' is getting famous in becoming an Okinawa traditional art.
There are many thesis regarding its origin, but it is told that it is a Nenbutsu folk dance in memorial of the ancestors, and also a wish for perfect health and safety of one's family.
In every place in Okinawa, on U-kui, the last day of the Bon season, Eisa- is being danced to send out the ancestors to the afterlife.

Many 'Youth Associations' like the Kyan Association are being organized in each area, inheriting their community's dance.
During the Bon season,  members of the youth association dances the Eisa- through the streets of their community, and in some way you will definitely be able to see the Eisa-. This performance of dancing through the streets is call 'Michi Jyune-'.

By watching the dance performance which has been passed down for generations by the members of the youth associaion, I feel the strong and tight bond within the community.
However, there is the current reality that the number of youths of the youth association is decreasing every year.
I hope earnestly that more youths show interests such as the Kyan Youth Association, positively inherited the tradition passed down for generations.

Today is U-kui.
Watch the impressive Eisa-, dance, and peacefully send out the ancestors into the afterlife

Okinawa CLIP PhotoWritter   Chinen Reina(0173)

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