Shishiganashi Honensai 獅子加那志豊年祭 Okinawa (Sept.)
Shishiganashi Honensai has a history of around 300 years. It is held on the 15th and 16th days of the 8th month according to the lunar calendar. The years in which it is held correspond to the years in which memorial services are held for the dead. It was revived in 1946 from the damage of the Battle of Okinawa, and continues to this day, with dance and prayers for the prosperity of the village. After the Michi-zune parade of the kamijishi (sacred lion), nightly performances of lion dancing, stick fighting and traditional Ryukyuan dance drama called Kumi-odori continue for two nights. The highlight is the thrilling fast-paced lion dance.
Shitahaku-aza, Yaese-cho, Shimajiri-gun, Okinawa
Approx. 40 min. from Naha Bus Terminal on a bus bound for Itoman. Alight at Shitahaku. An approx. 1 min. walk.
Approx. 15 min. from Haebaru-minami interchange on the Okinawa Expressway.