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intangible cultural property

Tinbe and Kamantii

This is a traditional form of entertainment from the Yabiku region of the Sashiki district which skillfully integrates elements of Okinawa's ancient martial arts.

Tinbe refers to a fight between one person with a shield called a tinbe and another with a spear.

Kamantii is a fight between a person with a grass sickle and another with a staff.

It is performed on July 17th and August 15th of the old lunar calendar and is designated as an intangible cultural asset of Nanjo City.

Tedokon Eisa

Tedokon's eisa dance.

Eisa is a group dance performed on the night of okuribon to give repose to the dead.

On July 15th of the old lunar calendar, young men and women would parade around within the settlement.

Originally bells, taiko and other percussion instruments were played and Buddhist chants were made during the dance, but in recent years instruments such as the shamisen have started being used and the dance is performed at local bon odori festivals.


Tedokon's eisa dance has been designated as an intangible ethnic cultural asset of Nanjo City.

Amanchu

Amanchu is the legend of a giant told in the Tsuhako region of the Sashiki district.

The legend states that Amanchu is three meters tall, and long, long ago appearedbefore the village elder and his grandchild. He then taught them about seeds ofgrain and how to raise and farm them.

This art is passed down through a preservation society, and during festivals the part of the three meter tall Amanchu is played by having one person stand on the shoulders of another.

The legend of Amanchu has been designated as an intangible ethnic cultural asset of Nanjo City.

Bojutsu

Bojutsu (lit. staff technique) has been passed down in Tsuhako, an area found in the Sashiki district, for generations.

Bojutsu is an ancient martial art that uses a bo, or staff, in its practice.

Bojutsu is said to have begun during the age of the Ryukyu kingdom,where it was practiced by the warrior class and bureaucrats of the time.From there it spread widely among the general population.

Bojutsu remains a popular martial art with the youth of the region still today,



due to the valiance of its performance.

Tsuhako's bojutsu has been designated as an intangible cultural asset of Nanjo City.

Oujima Haarii

This is the Oujima Haarii.

It is a haryuusen race held on March 4th on the old lunar calendar on Oujima, a small island with a circumference of approximately 6 kilometers located in the Tamagusuku district.

Haryuusen are a type of row-boat that came from China. The race,Haarii, is a festival held in Okinawa for the coming of summer.

The locals, as well as many tourists, come to watch this race every year.

Baten's Haarii

In May on the old lunar calendar, a boat race called "Haarii" isheld at fishing harbors around Okinawa.

Baten Harbor in the Sashiki district has historical significanceas it was one of the base ports for Shou Hashi, the man whoonce united the Ryukyu Kingdom.

For one day in the summer, Baten Harbor is bustlingwith energy as the locals pray for a bountiful year offishing and for safety on the sea during the annual Haarii.

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