“Blue Note Tokyo” is a jazz club that is acclaimed by the world's top artists. The Blue Note Tokyo Jazz Orchestra is the first landing in Okinawa. Even I am not familiar with music, I often hear Blue Note names. Honestly, I am an amateur who don't understand jazz or music well, but I wanted to spend adult time listening to authentic music once a year. It was a little expensive ticket, but I tried it out.
Regarding Okinawa’s events and festivals, local Okinawa people introduce them. Other than that, I also have beach of Okinawa, shops of recommendation, souvenirs of recommendation etc. Please have a look.
I participated in the Okinawa marathon, a full marathon event that we can run through the US military base only in Japan. And although I was in full marathon for the first time, I finished successfully! It was my first full-marathon challenge when I was 40 years old, but I was able to finish successfully. I was so happy that the cheering people on the roadside, and I was able to run to the end.
Trail walk that we can enjoy the subtropical forest only in Japan. I participated in that Kunigami Trail Walk. Trailwalk and trail run that will celebrate the 6th this year. Even if I am Okinawan people, Yanbaru natural forest that we rarely get into usually. I participated in a trail walk where I can enjoy the nature of Yanbaru with my child. It was a very pleasant event, as I was able to feel the natural sound and wind and smell of Yanbaru forest.
Heisei Last summer festival, I went to Mongol 800 music festival "What a Wonderful World 18" Summer festival even in November! This is Okinawa. Summer Music Festival held once every two years, hosted by Okinawa-born artist Mongol 800. It is the last summer festival of Heisei era at Chura SUN Beach, Toyosaki, a popular beach in Okinawa. It was the highest comfortable festival bathed in the sea breeze by the clean sea of Chura SUN beach. This time I will tell you the impression of participating in the Mongol 800 Summer music festival. Sorry I could only join one day on November 4th (Sunday) with my demands. On the contrary, I enjoyed music and drinks from 12 o'clock lunch time to 9 o'clock night.
I went to the Okinawa Industrial Festival where all the products and services of local companies that are closely related to the life of Okinawa come together. Familiar companies looking at TV commercial on a daily basis, as well as companies that are found at supermarkets and convenience stores, shops that have heard names, products of unfamiliar companies, etc. Okinawa Industry festival that we can experience products and services of various companies and shops active in Okinawa at once! It was fresh and fun just looking at the stalls and shops that are completely different from the regular festival. This time I will introduce the state of such Okinawa industry festival for a brief moment.
I went to the B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 HINOTORI! I was able to taste Inaba's raw song and Mr. Matsumoto's guitar raw sound in the same space, and I was able to have a very happy time. I really got a lot of Pleasure. I appreciate being able to experience B'z LIVE in Okinawa! This time it is not my introduction of Okinawa, but my impression as just a B'z fan. Please pardon.
"Ocean Expo Memorial Park firework display" is an event that we can enjoy all such summer tradition. In Okinawa's largest fireworks festival, tens of thousands of people crowd every year. We have seen the popular beach of Ocean Expo Park, Emerald Beach, beautiful fireworks shining in summer night sky, 2017. Moreover, this year we are watching fireworks in the front row. The fireworks that are hit from just 100 meters are bigger than our sight, the sound of fireworks echoes throughout our body and is tremendous force. There were plenty of people, it was hard to wait during a hot day, but it is enough power to blow away the fatigue. I will introduce such a Ocean Expo Fireworks Festival with a movie of fireworks.
The biggest fireworks festival in Okinawa, it is "Ocean Expo Park firework festival". More than 14,000 fireworks will color the ocean at night. Enjoy summer fireworks on a beautiful beach. It is a popular summer event in Okinawa Prefecture, crowded with tens of thousands of people every year. This page introduces the Ocean Expo Park fireworks festival with a video. Although the power of fireworks could not be photographed with a poor movie of smartphone, it would be nice if you still got atmosphere even a little.
The Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival. Well, when do you think the season of cherry blossoms in Okinawa ? It is late March to the beginning of April is the cherry blossom season in Japan. But Okinawa is different! Late January to early February is the cherry blossom season. After the New Year has passed since the adult day (Japan holiday) passed. And cherry season! There is no seasonal feeling (laugh). The climate of Okinawa is the only subtropical climate in Japan. That's why we feel spring, summer, autumn and spring rather than the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. Compared with Japan island I think that it is sensuous to say that there is no winter in Okinawa.