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Ryukyu Lantern Festival 2016

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This is the second edition of the Ryukyu Lantern Festival, a romantic event featuring thousands of Chinese lanterns adorning the premises of Murasaki Mura.

Located in Yomitan Village, Murasaki Mura is a popular cultural theme park where a typical Ryukyuan townscape from the 14th and 15th centuries is reproduced.

This year’s event also features food stands with Chinese hot soup, noodle dishes and more in the Tenshi-kan area within Murasaki Mura on the first weekend, Dec. 3-4, when they are planning to recreate the world of the movie “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi” (Spirited Away).

A variety of stage entertainment, including the classical Ryukyuan kumi-odori dance, along with food stands, projection mapping and more awaits you!

About 5,000 lanterns, including some featuring work by prominent Okinawan woodblock print artist Naka Bokunen, will be displayed. Simultaneously, the Yomitan Akari Festival is scheduled to be held at several locations in Yomitan Village.



Follow the lanterns along the stone-paved road, and you’ll be welcomed by a 10-meter-high Ryukyuan king adorned with lights.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016-Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
Time: 18:00-22:00
Place: Murasaki Mura (Yomitan Village)
Admission: 600 yen for adults; 500 yen for junior high and high school students; 400 yen for elementary school students