Summertime Yomitan Yoakari 2018 Ryukyu Night Festival
by Maki Nako
Every year during the brief winter season on Okinawa, the Yomitan Yoakari Project’s Ryukyu Lantern Festival takes place, attracting locals and visitors to enjoy the romantic and peaceful lights and colors in the crisp evening air. This year, we’re seeing a new beginning: the Ryukyu Summer Festival, with a layout and colors different from the winter event. The Summertime Yomitan Yoakari’s Ryukyu Night Festival is a new summertime event introduced this year, where visitors can enjoy the exotic atmosphere of summer in our vast park area, with numerous lanterns lighting the streets of the recreated village from the past ages of the Ryukyu Dynasty.
Families, couples, friends, and all visitors can enjoy a lovely summer evening and make great memories, whether enjoying Ryukyuan cuisine at Janatei, a restaurant housed in an old-fashioned Ryukyuan home, or strolling around the park to take in the lights and colors of Japan and Ryukyu. There will be a Ferris wheel set up for the duration of the event, and nightly entertainment such as Eisa drum dancing and so much more.
One of the best things about our Summertime Yoakari event is that you can rent and be fitted into a summer kimono called Yukata. Stroll around the grounds in the traditional summertime garb of Japan for a truly authentic experience. Of course, the costumes are great for awesome photos to share with friends and family on Instagram and other SNS. The Yukata are stylish and of good quality, and after you’re fitted into your Yukata, stroll around the park along the stone-paved paths and take in the elegance of the atmosphere of the past. You can stop along the way to take pictures as there are many places in the park for great photos. The rental Yukata Sets are limited to 100 a day and the reasonable rate of 3,500 yen includes the Yukata, Geta (footwear), inner kimono, as well as the fitting service. There are Yukata for men and children available, and there is a wide selection of Yukata sizes from small to 5XL too. For an additional 3,000 yen, pamper yourself and get your hair and makeup done, too (by reservation via Facebook). What’s more, you can purchase a Yukata that you like (starting from 7,000 yen)! Take the opportunity to enjoy a fantastic evening, dressing up in traditional Japanese Yukata, and making great memories of a wonderful night on Okinawa.
The Summertime Yomitan Yoakari 2018 delivers a wonderfully Japanese summertime event starting on Friday, August 10. The special event will be held for 45 nights until September 23, so don’t miss it!
Period: For 45 days from Friday, August 10 to Sunday, Sep. 23
Location: Murasaki Mura, 1020-1 Takashiho, Yomitan Village
Time: 18:00 to 22:00 (You can enter the facilities after 9:00 AM and stay until closing)
■料金：大人600円 中高生500円 小学生400円 乳幼児無料
Admission: 600 Yen/Adult, 500 Yen/Junior or High School Student, 400 Yen/Elementary School Student, Free Admission for Infants
*Save 100 Yen with advance tickets.
*Yukata Set Rental (Yukata and Geta): 3,500 Yen (including tax) includes fitting, no reservations required
■問合せ：株式会社読谷ククルリゾート沖縄 TEL098-958-1111 （受付：午前9時～午後6時）詳細はFacebook, instagramで。
Inquiries: Yomitan Kukuru Resort Okinawa, Co., Ltd. Tel: 098-958-1111 (Hours: 9:00-18:00) For more information, visit Facebook, Instagram. Facebook@ryukyulantern instagram@lantan_ryukyu