Ogimi Hari ハーリー

While up in Ogimi last weekend I was lucky enough to catch the Ogimi Hari.  Hari (ハーリー) are dragon boat races that happen Okinawa-wide, which were adopted from China more than 500 years ago when during the time of the Ryukyu Kingdom.  Hari are held to pray for fishermen’s safety and big catches.  The Ogimi Hari is one of the smallest in Okinawa but is one of the nicest. It’s held towards the end of May every year.

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