Thursday, August 22, 2013
Okinawa's Obon Festivities End After 3 Days (Photos)
The ancestors have finished their annual visit and everyone has gone back where they came from.
It has been an extremely busy week.
A friend wanted to know if I'd like to go to Uruma City and watch Eisa.
Heck no ! I've been chasing Eisa dancers and, the full moon all week. Burnout !!!
Eisa, takes place on almost any little village street, throughout the Ryukyu Islands.
Loud music, is played through speaker systems and you hear thunderous drum beats.
The dancers chant stuff like "Hai EEE Yah".
If you want to pretend you're somebody's drunk uncle and join-in, that's OK.
It was real tempting but, I had photos to shoot.
The Eisa dancers are all twenty-something and full of energy.
They have been known to perform, all over the island, until the wee hours of the morning.
And, being old enough to drink, they may tip a few when they're on a break.
The first night of Obon, they are welcoming the ancestral spirits.
The second day, they entertain them.
And, the last night of festivities, is to send them off in good spirits.
With Obon season, over and done, my cameras are all packed away, resting-up for the weekend.
So, I was thinking I should take a night off.
There was this place, I found, in my travels that has some good spirits, I'd like to try.