2015-09-30Sightseeing in Okinawa
[Sightseeing in Okinawa] provides lively traditional entertainment beyond the time for everyone!
"Ryukyu buyo" is performed with elegant costumes to the accompaniment of music played by a gentle sound tone of stringed instrument "sanshin" which is the necessary part of Okinawa entertainment.
It is divided into 3 types of dances: "Koten buyo" (Classic dance) that was performed when welcoming the guests in the Imperial Court in the Ryukyu era, "Zou odori" that was introduced after Meiji era to express the feeling of common people’s lives with a lilt, and "Sousaku buyo" that was arranged to modern style.
The traditional "Bon odori" in Okinawa called "Eisa" have a tremendous impact to people who watching it.
It is said that the origin for Nenbutsu odori is the same with the main land's Bon Festival of the lunar calendar, and each place in Okinawa pays respect to the ancestors and pray for a sound health and for the well-being of one's family.
Also, there is a traditional music "Shima-uta" in Okinawa that is sang by the general public during the Ryukyu Dynsaty. It is arranged in a pop style and this music is a part of the daily life.
(The information is taken from Okinawa Sightseeing web site "Okinawa monogatari")