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Okinawa Island Guide

Marching to a different drum


Many parts of Okinawa celebrate their traditional events in accordance with the lunar calendar. During various observances such as New Year’s, summer Obon and the ancestor-worship ceremony shiimii (held on an auspicious day in the third month of the lunar calendar), many locals are closed for business. Whereas food and souvenir stores catering to tourists usually remain open, those serving Okinawans are often shut, so be advised to research in advance to avoid disappointment.


Lunar New Year

  • 2016: Feb. 8-10


  • 2016: April 4


  • 2016: Aug. 15-17