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Traditional Okinawan dress by Mike Lynch
Hari Taikai (Dragon Boat Race) The Sabani a traditional Okinawan style of boat is used in the race. The Sabani is made from wood and has been used for fishing by Okinawa fishermen for hundreds of years. Besides the boat races there are also many food vendors selling yummy treats and live performances of traditional Okinawan culture.
Ryukyu Traditional dancing. Okinawa Japan.
Shisa statue on the rooftop in Okinawa, Japan - Shisa is a traditional Ryukyuan decoration, often in pairs, resembling a cross between a lion and a dog, from Okinawan mythology. People place pairs of shisa on their rooftops or flanking the gates to their houses. Shisa are wards, believed to protect from some evils.