“Bull Fight” and “Eisaa”

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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.


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I live in Kawagoe-city Saitama-prefecture Japan. There are many traditional warehouses in Kawagoe. So many Japanese and the people from overseas come to sightseeing. http://www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/english/index.html

9 thoughts on ““Bull Fight” and “Eisaa””

  1. Hello cocomino!
    Thank you so much for joining Show Me Japan blog meme!
    Your post about bullfighting in Okinawa is amazing. I had no idea that such traditions exist in Japan. I really would like to know how this custom got started.
    Thank you so much for sharing it and I hope we’ll see you again next week!

  2. One of the bull fighting photo, showing the “pseudo” bulls fighting and the guy who has a funny make up and wears red fundoshi, indeed caught my eyes, although I am not sure whether or not this is Okinawa’s traditional style of bull fighting!
    Two guys cosplaying the fighting bull is hilarious:)
    Thanks for participating in “Show Me Japan” and sharing okinawa’s culture.

  3. cocomino……thanks for the “dramatization treat”……if you would like to see some vintage c1954 16mm film from Okinawa and bullfighting, please visit the retrospective on my father who filmed and photographed the Island in the years immediately after the war (1949-1967).

    You could not find a more gracious and wonderfully impassioned lifestyle for traditional arts mixed with local festivities then in Okinawa. Thanks, again Brad.

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