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Itoman Haaree 2018

The programs originally scheduled for Sunday, June 17 have been postponed due to the season's 6th typhoon and will now take place on Sunday, June 24.


The haarii of the fishing village of Itoman is the oldest such race on the island, a traditional, unique festivity that can be seen nowhere else. During the week before the event, at Santimou, a hilly place in the middle of the village, a gong is struck to announce the coming of the haaree. Racers have diligently practiced for 40 days prior to the event, and their determination is clear for all to see. The Itoman Haaree has more than 20 categories of races.

Event name: Itoman Haaree
Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018
Place: Itoman Fishing Port (603-1 Itoman, Itoman City)
Time: 9:15-15:30 (The races will start at 10:00)
Admission: Free
Parking: Itoman City Hall, Itoman Harbor (North area) *Free shuttle buses are available
For inquiries: (office of the Itoman fisherman’s cooperative) 098-992-2011

Recommended schedule

10:00-10:15  Ugan Baaree
11:00-11:23  Seinendan Haaree (Young men's association)
12:15-12:29  Haaree (Junior high school students)
13:10-13:29  Duck catching race30 ducks, 50 watermelons, Mozuku [seaweed]
14:10-14:29  Kunnu Kasee (Flip over)
14:42-15:12  Agai Suubu (Last main race)