「Chin tun ten tun Man chin tan Unetari Sunume Umikakire」 “Flower Pinwheels” -one of the folk songs that is loved by men and women of all ages in Okinawa. In Michijune taking place at Ryukyumura, the parade of Kajimaya will be held on weekends in September. Please enjoy music travel of visiting the original scenes of Okinawa.
photo: Jean Matsumoto
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In Okinawa, people have a custom of celebrating their birth year based on Chinese Zodiac, which comes every 12 years. The celebration is called “Tushibi” (celebration of birth year) in Okinawan dialect.
People celebrate their first Tushibi when they reach 13 years old, then 25, 37, 49, 61, 73, 85 and 97 years of age are celebrated according to the traditional Japanese age reckoning.
The year of Tushibi once was considered as an unlucky year, people had a ritual called “Ugan” to ward off evil spirits and pray for sound health without any diseases.
It is now simplified and 13, 61 years old and the older ages are celebrated on a large scale.
After the Okinawa Reversion, celebration customs from mainland Japan were brought to Okinawa and now Champuru (mixed) Tushibi has been celebrated.
Some people celebrate Koki (celebration of 70 years of age) when they turn 73 years old, Sanjyu (80th birthday) at 85 years old, Beijyu (88th birthday) as “Tokachi,” and Hakujyu (99th birthday) at 97 years old as “Kajimaya.”
Kajimaya Michijune to be held in Ryukyumura!! A tie-up project between Ryukyumura and Okinawa Music Travel! The theme song of Ryukyumura from the end of August to November is “Hana nu Kajimaya.” Until the end of September, Michijune featuring Kajimaya will take place at 10:00 and 16:00. Don’t miss our colorful parade in Asian style. What’s special about Okinawan music is guests can join and enjoy songs together! Please experience Okinawa’s songs and scenes in Ryukyumura that we hope to pass down for a hundred years.