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Okinawa Prefectural Government presents Okinawa Festa in Singapore. The festival aims at promoting Okinawan art and culture to everyone, as well as promoting Okinawa Islands to be their next travel destinations.
The hip concert venue and nightclub at St.James Power Station, Millian, will be transformed into a mini Okinawa where visitors are invited to taste a slice of Okinawa.
Visitors get the rare chance to be entertained by home-grown Okinawan acts in this one-time only concert. Catch RYUKYUDISKO with the duo's fusion of dance and traditional Okinawan music at 4pm, and live punk rock concert by MONGOL800 at 4.50pm.
Okinawa as a tourist destination. Photo courtesy of SGOkinawa.go
Okinawan ceramics will be on display and on sale. Yachimun is Okinawan dialect for ceramics. Yachimun pottery has a long tradition back to the 15th century when the islands were known as Rukyu Kingdom. Contemporary Yachimun are now popular souvenirs. In Singapore it is available at Colony Clothing.
Ryukyu hand-blown glass is known as Okinawa glass. The story of glass craft is a story of war, hardship and rebirth. The craftsmen collected used bottles discarded by the U.S. troops post World War II during the period of material scarcity. The bottles were melted down and re-blown into unique art of recycled glassware. It gained popularity as a souvenir bought by the soldiers who returned home. Now Rukyu glass attracts interests among foreign visitors.
Okinawan local apparel YOKANG is a new-age fashion brand established by designer Kanna Yamauchi and dye specialist Yo Nakata in 2002. It is well-known for its use of Okinawan traditional bingata and stencil dyeing technique and vibrant colours. It showcases a perfect mix of both traditional and modern influences in their designs.
Come and savour the best of Okinawa's street food prepared by Okinawan Diner Nirai Kanai, the only Okinawa restaurant in Singapore. Chef Uchima who is a native of Okinawa has lined up a selection of popular choices like Okinawan fried soba, pork and egg onigiri, taco rice, purple potato, Sata-Andagi doughnuts and Awamori rice liquor cocktails. Orion Beer which is synonymous with Okinawa becomes a must-drink item for every visitor.
If you are interested to gain more information on Okinawa tourism, please visit the festival or SGOkinawa.go. Come and appreciate Okinawa art and culture only at Okinawa Festa!