What comes to your mind when you hear Okinawa?
Beautiful ocean? An aquarium? You will imagine various thing.
However, Okinawa's charm is not only them. Shishimai is also in Okinawa!
Probably, some people will think "What is Shishimai?" For such a person, detailed information about Shishimai is on it.
The first Shishimai Series
This time, we introduce about Hateruma Island’s M’shama. It holds a memorial service to pray for the souls of islanders ancestors. Various performances, including dram, a farce presented between Noh plays and dance are dedicated for gods. So, this day becomes the most spirited day of the year in the community.
These series of performing arts are important to show the process of transition of the entertainment and regional characteristics.
Hateruma Island’s M’shama is performed on the 14th day of the seventh month of lunar calendar during the period of O-bon. Many islanders living outside the island visit their native island to reunite with their families and to take parts in the festival. So, why don’t you join the powerful performance? It’s worth trying!
How do you like it? We hope those information we’ve provided you today about Hateruma Island’s M’shama stir up your interest for Japan.
Next time, we introduce to you Uzuto Lion Dance.
Let's meet up the week after next♪