26 Dec '14, 12am

[New Year countdown & Japan’s earliest beach opening ceremony]Dec 31 - Jan ...

[New Year countdown & Japan’s earliest beach opening ceremony]Dec 31 - Jan ...

Chichijima Island, in the town of Ogasawara-mura, is set to hold a New Year countdown and Japan’s earliest beach opening ceremony. The first event starts with a taiko drum performance at 22:30 on New Year’s Eve. Following an arm wrestling competition and a slideshow reflecting on the year in Ogasawara archipelago, the countdown begins before midnight and climaxes with a display of fireworks. The second event starts at 9:00 on New Year’s Day. With another taiko performance, the beach is pronounced open and a religious service is held, and participants enjoy the first swim of the year. After folk entertainment such as the local version of the hula, the nanyo-odori dance, and a performance of instruments called the kaka, the event closes with the releasing of baby green sea turtles into the sea.

Full article: http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/other/event/umibiraki.html

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