“Chon chon chon chon, Kijimunaa ga Choon chon (coming, coming, Kijimunaa is coming).” The song “Chon Chon Kijimunaa” rhythmically sang of spirit of tree, Kijimunaa. The Michijyunee parade is performed with “Chon chon Kijimunaa” as a theme song in Ryukyu Mura. Let’s take a journey to original scenery of Okinawa in Ryukyu Mura through music.
photo: Jean Matsumoto
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Kijimunaa is a legendary spirit creature said to be exist throughout main island of Okinawa and viewed as “spirit of tree”. Many unique legends exist in different region, but in general it is said that homes favored by Kijimunaa prosper and homes disliked by Kijimunaa perish. Kijimunaa is described as “evil spirit” that brings curse in “Okinawan folklore”. But now Kijimunaa is viewed as mischievous yet sweet spirit creature and loved by many. There are various views of Kijimunaa, but we will introduce Kijimunaa from lyrics of “Chon chon Kijimunaa”. (Main lyrics are written in below)
Kijimunaa takes form of a little child and most attractive feature is the red hair. Character is mischievous, kind yet powerful, but it changes drastically if once betrayed. Kijimunaa has a side of short temper. Living at Banyan tree and his special talent is catching the fishes. It is said that Kijimunaa can call fishes on the moonlit night and one who goes out fishing with Kijimunaa always have a good catch, therefore their house prospers. He also has a special power to warp instantly, even to China. His favorite food is eyes of the fish and he does not like chicken, octopus and human fart (ha-ha). Look up the Banyan tree in moonlight, you may find Kijimunaa smiling at you.
Experience the songs and dances of old Ryukyu at Ryukyu Mura! Collaboration of Ryukyu Mura and journey of Okinawan music! Ryukyu Mura is fully loaded with fun attractions. Enjoy Kachaashii with theme song, such as “Chon Chon Kijimunaa” from August. October 8th Thursday is the day of Kijimunaa, rock-paper-scissors contest with Kim-kun, Kijimunaa and photo session are held at 11:00 and 15:00. Please feel and experience the songs and scenery of Okinawa that we want to pass down to generations for next 100 years.