Each year the local Eisa dances troupes do a celebrational tattoo down Takashiho Odori, as what is the main street in Yomitan. It is unmissable. It is the end of Obon. Okinawa celebrates.
I love this. Band after band passes by, strutting their stuff. I an certainly missing 80% of the real meaning but the scraps that fall from my master’s table fill me with pride and solidarity with the people of Okinawa.
It is very hot.
Um, how can I get it across that this is not something organized for tourists? I am the only tourist present and I have lived here for nearly 6 years.
Anyway, it is a remarkable afternoon, shot through with authenticity.