Camellias, handicrafts and arts shine at Kunigami festival
The Kunigami Village Camellia Festival highlights the red flowers that the village is famous of for the 7th time at an event at Kunigami Forest Park on Saturday and Sunday next weekend.
The festival features a camellia tree exhibition, the sale of camellia plants and products made from camellia. Some of the events during the weekend require an advance booking.
Originally the event concentrated on the flowers but it has now joined hands with handicrafts and artworks in the simultaneous Kunigami Industrial Fair that is held at the same venue.
Camellia trees are not only offering visual enjoyment for people looking at them, but also are lately known as material for cosmetics. Especially, Kunigami-made organic skin care products that use oil and essence from camellia seeds from the village are gaining popularity among nature-conscious people across the nation.
The fair also has a display of tropical fish and sale of pottery and wooden handicrafts. Ink-wash works of renown artist Ichiro Kikuta are also on exhibit.
On Sunday, players of the Japanese pro-baseball team Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters that are holding their spring training camp in Nago will be at hand for autographs from 16:00 to 16:30.
Other events on Sunday feature potato digging, a fish catching contest, street dance performance and a singing contest.
The Camellia Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13th and 14th from 10:00 to 18:00 at Kunigami Village Forest Park. The Kunigami Village Business Fair is at the same time at Kunigami Village Kanko-Bussan Center at Michi-no-Eki YuiYui Kunigami.