Suguru Ikeda at Seimei Festival

Seimei Matsuri is a small free festival held in the grounds of the Seimei Hospital just a few minutes walk from my home in Odo, Itoman. Today was the 3rd annual festival and alongside the usual stalls selling food and drinks there was a stage with performances of Okinawan eisa and Hawaiian hula dance as well as a local children’s taiko group.

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Headlining the event was a special one hour show by Suguru Ikeda, one of the bigger names in Okinawan music. The singer and sanshin player from Iriomote Island has a new album released this week (to be reviewed soon on this blog) and he gave a crowd pleasing performance of traditional and original songs accompanied by his own sanshin and an acoustic guitarist.

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Suguru Ikeda at today's festival

Suguru Ikeda at today’s festival

Despite this being December the festival was held on a day of glorious warm sunshine. It was an excellent way to spend a sunny day with people of all ages from the local community and the performance by Suguru Ikeda was enjoyed by everyone.

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