Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Okinawa Lion Dance Festival a roaring good time

Getting playfully “bitten” by a shishi during a traditional lion dance performance is considered extremely good luck.

At the festival Sunday, six community groups performed the dance, which has been around for hundreds of years in Japan and is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring prosperity to the community.

Each lion dance follows a similar pattern, but individual communities have their own unique versions.

“The shishi dance of Kin is known for its slow and dignifying movements,” said Ryoji Miyazato, 37, who used to perform the dance until six years ago and now teaches the skills to others.
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