Honensai/Furugen no Miminme 豊年祭・古堅のミーミンメー Okinawa (May)
Honensai/Furugen no Miminme is a traditional ritual with a history of around 200 years. It is said to have been transmitted from Shuri to the Ozato Furugen region of Nanjo City to pray for bumper crop harvests and the prosperity of descendants. With the Bodhisattva Maitreya and a vertical flag at the front, dancing children form a procession through the places of worship and the village. The dancing children who sing "Miminme" while holding their earlobes are cute and bring vitality to the region. The ritual is also an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Nanjo City.
Furugen Kominkan / Furugen Shuraku-nai, Nanjo City, Okinawa
From Itoman Bus Terminal, take the Okinawa Bus route 36 Itoman Shinzato line for approx. 21 min. Get off at Furugen Iriguchi and walk for approx. 1 min.
From Haebaru-kita interchange on the Naha Kuko Expressway, take National Route 329, then prefectural Route 77 for approx. 6 min.