映画『よみがえる琉球芸能 江戸上り』 Edonobori

learn more about the film here (in Japanese): http://www.edonobori.jp/index.html This documentary film illustrates the Ryukyu Kingdom's missions to Edo, a unique diplomatic exchange between Okinawa and Japan. In 1609, the Ryuykyu Kingdom became a vassal to the Satsuma Clan, expecting King Shounei to pay tribute to the shogunate, which meant traveling 2000KM from Naha to Edo. Approximately 100 people from Okinawa traveled to Edo, which became hundreds when including the Satsuma Clan. For many, the Okinawans wearing costumes of Chinese taste and playing rojikaku (an istrument of Chinese origin) looked like foreigners. This fascinating procession became popular amongst the locals, welcoming the Ryukyuan officials, musicians, and performers traveling to Edo. Showing at:
Date Place
10/26 (Wed) ~ 10/31 (Mon) Naha City, Ryubo Hall
10/30 (Sun) Yaese-Chou, Chuoukouminkan
11/1 (Tues) Urazoe City Tedako Hall
11/12 (Sat) Motobu-Chou, Chuoukouminkan
11/5 (Sat), 11/6 (Sun) Kagoshima Prefecture, Yamakawa Bunka Hall
11/12 (Sat) ~ 25 (Fri) Kagoshima Prefecture, Gardens Cinema
12/3 (Sat) ~ 16 (Fri) Tokyo, Human Trust Cinema Yurakucho
2012 Spring Osaka, Cine Nouveau