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Off to the Sea Festival to Ring in Summer! Haarii Dragon Boat Festival

Glorious Sea Festival, the Haarii Season is Here!

Haarii boats advancing boldly with the wind and cutting the blue waves.
On this day, crowds of onlookers jostle for position as drums pound and flutes sing along the shore to cheer on the courageous figures rowing forcefully ahead.
Tradition holds that if the Haarii bell echoes, then the rainy season is over and summer is finally in full swing. According to Uminchu (Okinawan dialect for fisherman) who give thanks for the sea's bounty and pray for a good harvest and safe fishing, this magnificent festival represents the fanfare of Okinawa's long summer.


*The schedule could be changed in case of bad weather or another reason. Thank you for your understanding.


Haarii Schedule for Communities in Okinawa

May
The 38th Naha Haarii
Date :
May 3-5, 2012
Venue :
Info :
Naha City Tourism Association
Tel :
098-862-1442 ( in Japanese )


June
Oujima Festival Kaijinsai
Date :
Jun 23,2012 / 9:00-
Venue :
Oujima Sea Wall (Nanjo City)
Info :
Oujima Community Center
Tel :
098-948-7190 ( in Japanese )
Itoman Hare Festival
Date :
Jun 23,2012
Venue :
Itoman Fishing Port (Itoman City)
Info :
Itoman Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
098-992-2011 ( in Japanese )
URL :


Minatogawa Hare Fesutival
Date :
Jun 23,2012 / 8:00-
Venue :
Info :
Minatogawa Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
098-998-2261 ( in Japanese )
Nashiro haarii Festival
Date :
Jun 23,2012
Venue :
Kitanashiro Beach (Itoman City)
Info :
Itoman city office
Tel :
098-840-8135 ( in Japanese )


Maeganeku haarii
Date :
Jun 23,2012 / 10:00-
Venue :
Maeganeku Fishing Port (Onna Village)
Info :
Maeganeku Community Center
Tel :
098-964-2820 ( in Japanese )
Ie Village Festival Kaijinsai
Date :
Jun 23,2012
Venue :
Info :
Ie Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
0980-49-2035 ( in Japanese )


Aharen haarii
Date :
Jun 23,2012 / 9:00-
Venue :
Aharen Beach (Tokashiki Island)
Info :
Tokashiki village office
Tel :
098-987-2333 ( in Japanese )
Aguni Village Festival Kaijinsai
Date :
Jun 23,2012
Venue :
Aguni Port (Aguni Island)
Info :
Aguni Village Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
098-988-2255 ( in Japanese )


Gima haarii
Date :
Jun 23,2012 / 8:30-
Venue :
Gima Fishing Portl (Kumejima Island)
Info :
Kumajima town Tourism Association
Tel :
098-985-7115 ( in Japanese )
Madomari haarii
Date :
Jun 23,2012
Venue :
Matomari Fishing Port (Kumejima Island)
Info :
Kumejima town Tourism Association
Tel :
098-985-7115 ( in Japanese )


Torishima haarii
Date :
Jun 23,2012 / 8:30-
Venue :
Torishima Fishing Port (Kumejima Island)
Info :
Torishima Fishing Port
Tel :
098-948-7190 ( in Japanese )
Tonaki Village Festival Kaijinsai
Date :
Jun 23,2012
Venue :
Info :
Tonaki village Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
098-989-2427 ( in Japanese )


Festival Kaijinsai
Date :
Jun 23,2012
Venue :
Info :
Miyako Island Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
0980-72-2029 ( in Japanese )
The Ishigaki-Shi Haarii Dragon Boat
Date :
Jun 23,2012
Venue :
Ishigaki Fishing Port (Ishigaki Island)
Info :
Yaeyama Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
0980-82-2448 ( in Japanese )


Ikema haarii
Date :
Jun 23,2012
Venue :
Ikema Fishing Port (Ikema Island)
Info :
Miyako Island Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
0980-72-2029 ( in Japanese )
Kurima haarii
Date :
Jun 23,2012
Venue :
Kurima Port (Kurima Island)
Info :
Miyako Island Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
0980-72-2029 ( in Japanese )


Irabu haarii
 
Date :
Jun 23,2012
Venue :
Irabu Fishing Port (Irabu Island)
Info :
Irabu Island Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
0980-78-3119 ( in Japanese )
The Yonaguni-Town Haarii Dragon Boat
Date :
Jun 23,2012
Venue :
Torishima Fishing Port (Yonaguni Island)
Info :
Yonaguni town office
Tel :
0980-87-3582 ( in Japanese )


Tsuken haarii
Date :
Jun 24,2012
Venue :
Tsuken Port (Uruma City)
Info :
Tsuken Community Center
Tel :
098-978-7510 ( in Japanese )
Tsuken haarii
Date :
Jun 24,2012
Venue :
Tsuken Port (Uruma City)
Info :
Tsuken Community Center
Tel :
098-978-7510 ( in Japanese )


Baten haarii
Date :
Jun 24,2012
Venue :
Baten Fishing Port (Nanjo City)
Info :
Tsuhako Community Center
Tel :
098-947-6510 ( in Japanese )
Tsuken haarii
Date :
Jun 24,2012
Venue :
Tsuken Port (Uruma City)
Info :
Tsuken Community Center
Tel :
098-978-7510 ( in Japanese )


Kadena haarii
Date :
Jun 24,2012
Venue :
Kadena Fishing Port (Kadena town)
Info :
Kadenai Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
098-956-6222 ( in Japanese )
Henza haarii
Date :
Jun 24,2012
Venue :
Henza minami Port (Uruma City)
Info :
Henza Community Center
Tel :
098-977-8127 ( in Japanese )



July
The 6th Chatan Nirai haarii
Festival
Date :
July 1,2012
Venue :
Info :
Chatan Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
098-948-7190 ( in Japanese )
Yakena haarii Festival
 
Date :
July 1,2012
Venue :
Yakena Fishing Port (Uruma City)
Info :
Yakena residents association
Tel :
098-992-2011 ( in Japanese )


Kyan haarii
Date :
July 1,2012
Venue :
Kyan Fishing Port (Itoman City)
Info :
Kyan Community Center
Tel :
098-997-3665 ( in Japanese )
Ikei Island haarii Festival
 
Date :
July 8,2012
Venue :
Itsukumanohama (Uruma City)
Info :
Ikei Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
098-977-7373 ( in Japanese )


The 29th Manza haarii Festival
 
Date :
July 8,2012
Venue :
Manza Beach (Onna Village)
Info :
Manza beach resort
Tel :
098-966-1211 ( in Japanese )
Heshikiya haarii Festival
 
Date :
July 15,2012
Venue :
Heshikiya Port (Uruma City)
Info :
Katsuren Fishing Port
Tel :
098-983-0003 ( in Japanese )


The 5th Tomigusuku haarii
Festival
Date :
July 28-29,2012
Venue :
Toyosaki Chura Sun Beach (Tomigusuku City)
Info :
Tomigusuku Fishermen's Associations
Tel :
090-8291-4909 ( in Japanese )


August
The 31st Nago City Mayor's Cup
Date :
August 7,2012
Venue :
Nago Fishing Port (Nago City)
Info :
Nago City Tourist Association
Tel :
0980-53-7755( in Japanese )


September
Shioya Bay's Festival Kaijinsai
Date :
September 11,2012
Venue :
Shioya bay (Ogimi village)
Info :
Shioya Community Center
Tel :
0980-44-2453( in Japanese )



*The schedule could be changed in case of bad weather or another reason. Thank you for your understanding.


(Update : 2012/05/02)