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12/15/2011

Okinawa Ryukyu Islands

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. Regional Festivals - From Hokkaido to Okinawa .

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Okinawa Prefecture - 沖縄県

Okinawan: Uchinaa-ken
is a prefecture located in southern Japan.
It consists of hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long, which extends southwest from Kyūshū (the southwesternmost of Japan's main four islands) to Taiwan. Okinawa's capital, Naha, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.
The disputed Senkaku Islands are administered as part of Okinawa Prefecture.
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. Okinawa - Entries of this BLOG .

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. Mushaama Festival ムシャーマ .
and folk toys from Okinawa


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Iriomote Island 西表島 

Akamata at Komi
Densaa Festival at Uehara
Painushima Festival

Shichi
This is a typical traditional festival in Iriomote, being grandly held at Sonai and Hoshitate Villages. It has a history for more than 500 years, being made at about the beginning of October in the old calendar every year. Since the festivals of Sonai and Hoshitate are carried out at the same time of the same day, we cannot observe the both ones. Events of the festival are made for three days, an event called "yuukui" on the second day is worth seeing because the events of "hatagashira-tate (monument displaying)", "funi-kugi (boat rowing)", "bojutsu (art of fighting with a cudgel)" an
d miruku parade are carried out continuously. The miruku appeared here which has an humorous appearance is the god of harvest and the symbol of happiness in Okinawa.


Miruku - Miroku Bosatsu 弥勒菩薩
source : www.kanpira.com/english


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Mabuni the Festival of Fire & Gongs
Naha Ha-ri- (Naha City) boat race
Naha Festival (Naha City)
Okinawa Eisa Festival (Okinawa City)
Shi-mi- Festival
Shuri Castle Festival & Culture Festival
Yonabaru Festival
- and many more From Januaray to December
source : koinonia365


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. Regional Dishes from Japan - WASHOKU .


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1/02/2011

Toshibi Okinawa

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Birthday celebrations (toshibi iwai)

***** Location: Okinawa
***** Season: New Year
***** Category: Observance


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Explanation

toshibi iwai 年日祝 (としびいわい)
birthday celebration at the New Year
..... shoonen iwai 生年祝 celebrating the birthday




From the second to the 13th (or 16th) of the first lunar month, families come together on the day of the corresponding zodiac animal to celebrate the birthday of
people of the age of 13, 25, 49, 61, 73, 85 and 97.
(13 is the next year after a full circle of 12 zodiac years.)

People make offerings to the deities and pray for a happy and healthy life.
After that, the whole family partakes in a feast.

For a daughter getting 13 and the elderly getting 61 there are even more special celebrations.




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Annual Temple Visit for Children until they are 13:

. juusanmairi 十三参り .


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Okinawa Ryori (Okinawa Ryoori) 沖縄料理


. Okinawa Food .


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most colorful robes
for a most special day -
toshibi iwai


Gabi Greve

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***** . NEW YEAR - the complete SAIJIKI


. Amulets and Talismans from Japan . 

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4/14/2010

Seimei and Kanshoku Okinawa

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Seimei festival (seimeisai)

***** Location: Okinawa, Japan
***** Season: Mid-Spring
***** Category: Observance


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seimeisai 清明祭 (せいめいさい) Seimei festival
..... seimei mairi 清明参(せいめいまいり) "visiting graves at Seimei"
ushiimii (ウシーミー), shiimii

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This is a celebration in Okainawa, on the beginning of the period

Seimei (清明): Start on April 5 — Clear and bright
It used to be in the third lunar month.

The relatives gather in front of the graves, say prayers and then have a feast, including traditional dishes and the loved "awamori" liquor. After the feast it is time for shamisen music and dance.
The relatives have two weeks to perform the rituals. Sometimes the bones are taken out of the graves and washed.
Washing the bones is a custom of China, see below.

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observance kigo for mid-spring

kanshoku 寒食 (かんしょく) "cold food"
kanshoku setsu 寒食節(かんしょくせつ)
ritual of eating cold food

hyakugo setsu 百五節(ひゃくごせつ)
ritual on day 105 (after the winter solstice)

reien setsu 冷烟節(れいえんせつ)"cold smoke" ritual

anzu no kayu 杏の粥 apricot rice gruel
momobana kayu 桃花粥 peach blossom rice gruel
yookagayu 楊花粥 willow blossom rice gruel

kinka 禁火 no fire

jukushoku setsu 熟食節 ritual of hot food

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寒食や饐になれたるひとり住み
kanshoku ya su ni naretaru hitori sumi

cold food -
I live alone and am used
to things tasting sour

Kuroyanagi Shooha 黒柳召波


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寒食や竃をめぐるあぶら虫
kanshoku ya kamado o meguru aburamushi

cold food -
cockroaches search
around the hearth

Tan Taigi 炭太祇


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The six seasonal segments of spring
asian lunar calendar

Risshun (立春): February 4—Beginning of spring
Usui (雨水): February 19—Rain water
Keichitsu (啓蟄): March 5—awakening of hibernated (insects)
Shunbun (春分): March 20—Vernal equinox, middle of spring
Seimei (清明): April 5—Clear and bright
Kokuu (穀雨): April 20—Grain rain


. WKD : The 24 solar sections   


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cold food (hiyashi mono) eaten after a banquet

Matsuo Basho
'At Kyokusui's House' 曲水亭
A party of 5, with Basho, Kyokusui, Kagami Shikoo 各務支考, Hirose Izen Sogyuu 広瀬維然(素牛) and Gakoo 臥高 from Iga.
The cold food was often sooomen そうめん 素麺 thin noodles and fruit.


夏の夜や崩て明し冷し物
natsu no yo ya kuzurete akeshi hiyashi mono

summer night--
at dawn, scattered leftovers
of chilled food

Tr. Barnhill

An excerpt from Barnhill's comment:
"Cool food such as melon and eggplant was served at the conclusion of a banquet."


summer night
broken up at dawn
chilled food

Tr. Reichhold

Reichhold's comment:
"This verse was Basho's greeting and beginning link for a renga done with Kyokusui, Gakoo, Izen, and Shikioo at the home of Kyokusui in Zeze. It is thought to be funny that Basho begins a renga with a verse that describes the end of a party. The word 'broken' ['kuzurete'] refers to the night [because of the dawn], the food [leftovers], and the party."]


MORE - hokku about food by
. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .


. hiya soomen 冷索麺 cold Somen noodles .

. Hiyashi Chuuka 冷やし中華 cold Chinese noodles .

cold tofu
. hiyayakko, hiya yakko 冷奴 "cold guy" .


. WASHOKU - Japanese Food Culture .


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what was my face
before my forefathers were born?
Seimei Festival


Note:
Ls 1&2 allude to the Zen Buddhist concept of the original face.

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Seimei Festival
rain on the grave site I visit
for the first time


faintly alluding to Ching-ming (or Qing-Ming, 清明 Seimei), a poem by the famous Late Tang poet, Du Mu 杜牧.
The festival originated from the Day with Cold Food, a memorial day for Jie Zhitui (介子推 Kai Shisui), who died in 636 BC in the Spring and Autumn Period.

Chen-Ou Liu
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The 1st day of the 5th solar term is the Qingming.
Qingming Festival is the 15th day after the Spring Equinox occurring around April 5 of the Gregorian calendar.

The Qingming Festival is commonly translated as the Clear Bright Festival or the Tomb Sweeping Day.

During the Spring and Autumn Period (Chinese: 春秋战国时期), the Duke Wen of Jin (Chinese: 晋文公) created the Hanshi Cold Food Festival (Chinese: 寒食节) to commemorate the loyalty of his friend and servant Jie Zhitui (Chinese: 介之推).

On Hanshi Festival, the day before the solar term Qingming (Chinese: 清明), people were not allowed to use fires to cook or heat up food (eat cold food only), and hang willow branches on doors to show respect to Jie Zhitui, because he was killed with his mother by a fire next to a willow tree. The fire was actually set up by Duke Wen hoping to force Jie Zhitui to come out of his hiding place in the mountains.

The Qingming Festival itself was created by the Tang Emperor Xuanzong in 732. It is said that because the wealthy held too many expensive, elaborate ancestor-worshipping ceremonies, in a needed effort to lower this expense, Emperor Xuanzong declared that respects could be formally paid at ancestor's graves only on Qingming.

Gradually, people combined traditions of the Hanshi Festival into the Qingming Festival and kept as a one-day festival.



Qingming Poem by Du Mu



A drizzling rain falls like tears on the Mourning Day;
The mourner's heart is breaking on his way.
Where can a hostel be found to drown his sadness?
A cowherd points to Xing Hua village in the distance.

source : chinese/festivals



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