Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ryukyu Shimpo – Okinawa, Japanese newspaper, local news » Fishing town celebrates Lunar New Year

In Itoman, many people celebrated on February 10, which is New Year’s Day in the Lunar Calendar. At the fishing port in Itoman, where culture surrounding the lunar calendar still remains, fishermen flew flags and prayed for a big catch. This year, flags from last year’s national convention to promote a bountiful sea were also flown, creating a more colorful and vibrant atmosphere than in normal years. From early morning, many people visited the Hakugindo Shrine, where the gods of the sea are worshipped, and prayed for the safety of their families.

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