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Events

Every year, Kume Island is host to many fun events. We'll be highlighting upcoming events, and report on current ones. Simply click a link below to find out more about an event.

Please Note: The 2016 fiscal year calendar has not yet been released by Kumejima Town. This yearly calendar is normally released around April, and will include most annual events. Once that is released, 2016 events will be updated here.

January

  • Leisure WalkLeisure Walk (TBD)

    Take a leisurely stroll along one of many courses with people from around Japan!

  • Leisure WalkYoung Festival (1/17/2016)

    A night of concerts and performances by Kume Island's young people, including music, karate, eisa and more.

  • Sakura FestivalCherry Blossom Festival (TBD)

    The yearly two-day festival celebrating the blooming Sakura Trees on Kumejima.

February

March

  • sugar rideSugarRide Cycling Event (TBD)

    Join in this yearly ride around the island. The Sugar Ride has courses for many levels of expertise.

April

  • Umi BirakiSea Opening (TBD)

    The Annual Umi Biraki is a ceremony celebrating the start of beach season. There is also a beach baseball tourney.

  • fireflyFirefly Fest (TBD)

    Kumejima Fireflies come out to play between late April to May. Stop by the Firefly Pavilion to learn more.

May

  • Sea Turtle HouseSea Turtle Encounter (TBD)

    Kumejima Fireflies come out to play between late April to May. Stop by the Firefly Pavilion to learn more.

  • Ginowan-Kumejima Yacht Race (5/30/2015)

June

  • Hari RaceHa-ri- (Dragon Boat) Races (6/19/2015)

    The Dragon Boat races take place at three different ports each year. Join the fun as different groups compete in this traditional race.

  • DSW FairKume Island Deep Sea Water Fair (6/14/2015)

    Celebrate all the unique items made with the clean, mineral rich waters from the deep sea. Entertainment and more!

  • Maja SumoMaja Sumo Competition (6/30/2015)

    The Maja Area is home to the first of the yearly sumo competitions. It take place before the Tenko Shrine.

July

  • Things We MakeThings We Make (7/25/2014)

    A day full of hand-made projects, including traditional toys and modern art.

August

  • Kume FestKumejima Festival (8/1-2/2015)

    The largest event on Kumejima is the two-day Kumejima Matsuri in August. Live events, food, fun, and more.

  • Gima SumoGima Sumo Competition (8/9/2015)

    Gima Sumo takes place in the Gima Area near the Kumeshima Elementary School, and includes a unique historic ceremony.

  • Umachii FestivalUmachii Festival (8/9/2015)

    The traditional Kume Island Harvest Festival takes place on the 25th day of the 6th month of the lunar calendar. Don't miss this look at the culture and traditions dating from the Ryukyu Kingdom

  • Umachii FestivalJanadou Sumo (8/10/2015)

    Back to back with the Gima Sumo Festival, the Janadou Sumo Competition takes place at a small shrine in the south eastern part of the island.

  • Nishime Eisa KidsNishime Sumo Competition (8/23/2015)

    The Nishime Sumo competition is followed by traditional Eisa playing and other festivities.

  • Nishime Eisa KidsObon Festivals (8/26-28/2015)

    Festivals at local community centers with Eisa, fireworks, and bon dancing. Located in Gima, Higa, Janado, Magari, Kadekaru, and Maja Neighborhoods

September

  • Nishime Eisa KidsEisa Festival (TBD)

    Every year there is a small festival near the Eef Beach area celebrating eisa from around the island. From children to adults myriad performances entertain.

  • Nakachi SumoNakachi Sumo Competition (9/17/2015)

    The Nakachi Sumo competition is the last competition of the year on Kume Island.

  • Kanegusuku FestivalKanegusuku Festival (TBD)

    On the largest full moon of the year is a festival in the Kanegusuku area. The highlight of the festival is a series of traditional dances and lion dance.

  • Folk Song CompetitionFolk Song Competition (9/19/2015)

    Traditional music is a large part of Okinawan culture. On Kume Island the folk song competition highlights local traditional music.

  • Hula dancingHawaiian Festival (9/25-26/2015)

    Two days of Hula, food, and entertainment at two of Kumejima's resort hotels.

October

  • Town Sports DayKumejima Town Sports Day (10/11/2015)

    Most areas in Japan host sports days (undokai) to stay fit and have a little friendly competition. Kumejima has a town sports day in addition to elementary and junior high sports days

  • Kumejima Marathon GateKumejima Marathon (10/25/2015)

    The Kumejima Marathon offers several scenic routes for runners of all ages. This popular run is a great way to see Kumejima.

November

  • Kuruma Shrimp Festival (TBD)

    Children's Reading Festival (11/22/2015)

    Kume Island Folk Art Presentation (TBD)

December

  • Town Sports DayIndustry Festival (12/6/2015)

    Kume Island hosts many diverse industries. The Sangyo Matsuri is a chance for locals and visitors to learn more about what keeps the island going.

  • Town Sports DayEkiden (12/20/2015)

    An Ekiden is a marathon relay that takes place each year. Groups from different areas of the island compete in a race around the island.

*Dates and times subject to change without notice.


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