Okinawa Matsuri 2013

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Okinawa Matsuri 2013

It's the chilled-out holiday destination of choice for Japanese people who don't have passports (and plenty of people who do), but could Okinawa also be the solution to the nation's spiritual malaise? That seems to be what the organisers of this free festival are proposing: in a surprisingly high-minded message on the event's official website, head honcho Hiroaki Hobo laments the country's high suicide rate and widespread sense of hopelessness, before proposing that the solution may lie in the former Ryukyu Kingdom. Head to Yoyogi Park on May 25 and 26 to get a taste of Okinawa living, hear music from the likes of D51 and Flip, slurp soba and cure your existential doubts (maybe).

Event website: http://okifes.jp