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.

January

Leisure Walk

Leisure Walk (1/19-20/2013)

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

February

Sakura Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival (1/25-26/2013)

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

March

SugarRide Cycling Event (3/16-17/2013)

April

Umi Biraki

Sea Opening

(4/7/2013)The Annual Umi Biraki is a ceremony celebrating the start of beach season. There is also a beach baseball tourney.

Firefly Fest

firefly

(4/27/2013)Kumejima Fireflies come out to play between late April to May. Stop by the Firefly Pavilion to learn more.

May

Sea Turtle Encounter (4/28-5/6 2013)

Sea Turtle House

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

Kumejima Yacht Race (5/25/2013)

June

Ha-ri- (Dragon Boat) Races (6/12/2013)

Umi Biraki

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

Maja Sumo Competition (6/23/2013)

Umi Biraki

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

July

August

Gima Sumo Competition (8/1/2013)

Gima Sumo

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

Umachii Festival (8/1/2013)

Umachii Festival

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

Janadou Sumo Competition (8/2/2013)

Kumejima Festival (8/3-4/2013)

Kume Fest

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

Nishime Sumo Competition (8/4/2013 tentative)

Nishime Eisa Kids

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

Obon Eisa (8/19-21/2013)

-At Gima, Higa, Janado, Magari, Kadekaru, and Maja Neighborhoods

September

Nakachi Sumo Competition (9/9/2013)

October

Kumejima Marathon (10/27/2013)

Kumejima Marathon Gate

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

Kumejima Town Sports Day

Town Sports Day

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

November

Young Festival

Kuruma Shrimp Festival

*Dates and times subject to change without notice.