Last year my family and I went to watch “Bull Fight” and “Eisaa”, which is the traditional Okinawan dance, in Okinawa.We could watch two taraditional cultures in one multipurpose auditorium.
(Half of the customers were American military men because there were many American bases in Okinawa.)
We can seldom watch Bull Fight in Japan.The origins of Bull Fight are riddle.
But it is said that Bull Fight has been held since more than two hundreds years ago.
First, two bulls in funny costumes came and explained the rules.
If the one bull runs away or is knocked out, the fight is over.
There was a fight that can take more than thirty minutes to be settled.
But in this fight the judge decided the winner in ten minutes.
My daughters froze for a while when they saw the bulls rushing very powerfully.
After the fight, they began the “Eisaa” was began to dance.
The dancers beat a small drum rhythmically.
The women played a “Sunshin”, which is Okinawa’s musical instrument that is the original form of the samisen.
Teachers who taught in my daughter’s nursery school in Saitama sometimes played an “Eisaa” .
And my wife also like to play a “Sunshin” in our house though she isn’t from Okinawa.
There are various cultures in small Japan that I don’t know well.