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Family-friendly Okinawa Day festival at Bermondsey Market – South London News

Two different parts of the world brought together by their love for music and food.

Okinawa Day is an annual family-friendly festival that takes place on 22 June in the Blue Market in Bermondsey.

The event celebrates the music and food of the Okinawan culture in Britain. Okinawa is Japan’s southernmost prefecture and was part of the historic Ryukyu Kingdom and therefore has its own specific music and traditions.

Okinawa Day introduces its audience to music, dance and food to highlight its rich cultural diversity.

During the day there will be several performances showcasing Okinawan culture.

From elegant Ryukyu classical music and energetic sanshin performances of Okinawan folk songs to traditional Eisa dance performances.

There is the chance to try Eisa dance through a workshop given by the Sonda Youth Association, along with demonstrations of Ryukyu Karate, a martial art native to Okinawa.

In addition, guest artists from the Japanese islands of Yaeyama and Amami will visit the UK to present their unique island folk songs and dances.

Thanks to us, visitors can also expect guest artists from Switzerland and France longstanding friendship with the Paris Sanshin Club.

There will also be performances of sanshin, a three-string lute traditionally made from snakeskin, taiko drumming, eisa dancing and karate demonstrations.

Capitalizing on the Blue Market’s historic use as a street market, Okinawan food and crafts will be available for purchase from stalls run by London’s Okinawa Sanshinkai and other retailers.

Head to the Blue Market in Bermondsey for Okinawa Day on June 22.

Pictured top: Okinawa Day 2022 (Photo: London Okinawa Sanshinkai)

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