Okinawa Day is a yearly festival celebrating the unique music, food, and culture of Japan’s southernmost prefecture. Okinawa Prefecture encompasses an archipelago of islands in Southern Japan that formed part of the historic Ryukyu Kingdom and as such has its own distinct music and traditions.
Okinawa Day 2023 will introduce the audience to music, dances, and food from several islands of the Ryukyu archipelago to highlight its incredibly rich cultural diversity. A variety of performances showcasing Okinawan culture will feature throughout the day. From elegant Ryukyu Classical Music and energetic sanshin performances of Okinawan Folk Songs, through to Eisa dance performances taught by Sonda Seinenkai (Sonda Youth Association) and Ryukyu Karate demonstrations. We will be inviting guests from France (Paris Sanshin Club) and musicians from Switzerland and Amami Island in Japanto perform as well.
Taking advantage of the venue’s historic use as a street market, Okinawan cuisine, food, and crafts will be on sale from a variety of stalls run by the London Okinawa Sanshinkaiand other retailers.
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