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Funauki Music Festival, An Event to Come to the Isolated Shore of the Funaki on Iriomote Island
post : 2014.11.10 16:00
On the western part of Iriomote Island there is the hamlet of Funauki with a population of 39. Even through there are road to Iriomote Island, there are no road to Funauki and you can only get there by boat.
The singer Suguru Ikeda was born and raised there. He was mainly active on Okinawa Island but in 2010 he returned to Funauki.
Currently while working at his family’s bed and breakfast, he leaves from Funauki and does public relations for Iriomote and Funauki all over Japan.
The Funauki Music Festival, planned and produced by Ikeda, started in 2007. The residents have created a family like area and this warm handmade event had its eight year. Its is becoming a popular event and each year more people are coming
Ikeda made with the thoughts of getting people to know and come to Funauki and to jump start local activity through an event.
Every year musicians, mainly from Okinawa, are invited and live concerts take place. Through this event he wanted the isolated people of the hamlet can have fun encounters with new people.
The venue exploded with this year’s guests, the farmer couple duo Aimoko, the MC Shinichi Tsuba and the 600 people who came from both inside and outside of Japan!
The famous dish of the music festival is boar soba. Every year the people in the region take local boars and prepare and cook it.
There are also other delicious things like fried locally caught double-lined fusilier that created long lines.
This is an elementary-middle school in Funauki and as of April 2014 there were 2 elementary school students and 1 middle school student.
Inside the hamlet of Funauki, there are several bed and breakfasts and eateries.
If you walk on the single small path from the hamlet for about 10 minutes you will arrive at Ida no Hama Beach. The water is very clear and very pretty!
On that day it was 27℃ and clear, and you could see people swimming.
The quiet hamlet had a busy day.
They will continue to have the Funauki Music Festival every year and it is planned for Saturday, 18 April 2015.
Funauki Music Festival
Third Saturday of April Every Year 12:00pm-2:00pm
Location: Funauki, Iriomote, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa Kamadoma Square
Access: 30 minutes by bus from Iriomote Uehara Port; 10 minutes by boat from Shirahama Port; On the day of the event there are directs boat from Ishigaki Port to Funauki Port.
Inquiries: Taketomi Town Tourist Association, Youth Division 0980-82-5445
Okinawa Clip Photowriter Masumi Sasamoto