Okinawa Day 2024

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London Okinawa Sanshinkai


London Okinawa Day is a yearly family-friendly festival celebrating the unique music, food, and culture of Japan's southernmost islands.

Date & time

Date:22 June 2024

Time:11am to 5pm

Event Details

Address:The Blue
Market Place

Post code:SE16 3UQ

Tickets:Free entry, all welcome



Open hours:11am - 5pm


London Okinawa Day is a yearly festival celebrating the unique music, food, and culture of Japan's southernmost prefecture. Okinawa Prefecture encompasses an archipelago of islands in Southern Japan that formed part of the historic Ryukyu Kingdom and as such has its own distinct music and traditions.
Okinawa Day 2024 is a family friendly event that will introduce the audience to music, dances, and food from the islands of the Ryukyu archipelago to highlight its incredibly rich cultural diversity.

Performance Stage

A variety of performances showcasing Okinawan culture will feature throughout the day. From elegant Ryukyu Classical Music and energetic sanshin performances of Okinawan Folk Songs to traditional Eisa dance performances. There will be the chance to try Eisa dance through a workshop taught by the Sonda Youth Association along with demonstrations of Ryukyu Karate, a martial art originating from Okinawa.

In addition, guest performers from the Japanese islands of Yaeyama and Amami will be visiting the UK to showcase their unique island folk songs and dances. Visitors can also expect to see guest performers from Switzerland and France thanks to our long-standing friendship with the Paris Sanshin Club.

Food and Goods Stalls

Taking advantage of the venue’s historic use as a street market, Okinawan cuisine,
food, and crafts will be on sale from a variety of stalls run by the London Okinawa Sanshinkai and other independent retailers.

About Us

London Okinawa Sanshinkai

London Okinawa Sanshinkai was formed in 1999 at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) by academics specialising in Ryukyu Classical Music and Yaeyama
Folk Songs studies. Since then, the group has been disseminating Okinawan music, dances and culture through a variety of activities and performances not only in the UK but also in other European countries. At the centre of these activities is our annual “Okinawa Day” event.

A history of “Okinawa Day” in the UK

There have been many events in London over the years introducing traditional Okinawan music and dance to the UK. Notably, the Rinken Band’s performance in Hyde Park, Sonda Eisa’s performance at the Thames Festival, and recitals by Shinji Kise (Master of the Nomura School of Ryukyu Classical Music).

In June 2009, London Okinawa Sanshinkai and Okinawa Kenjinkai (The UK Okinawan Association) organised an event called “Okinawa Matsuri” at Café Oto in North East London. In Okinawa, a public holiday called Memorial Day is observed annually on the 23rd June, and to coincide with this, we have been holding our London Okinawa Day event on the third Saturday of June ever since. Since 2010, the event has been held under its new name “Okinawa Day”. Moving its location to Spitalfields in East London, it has successfully run for 10 years, growing to the point of attracting an audience of around 8000 visitors each year. Unfortunately, from 2020, Okinawa Day was on a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, but had a successful second start in 2022 in a new location; The Blue Market in Bermondsey, South London ( The Blue Market, built with a unique architectural style focusing on sustainability and community was a perfect fit for our event and allowed 2023’s Okinawa Day to be our biggest and most captivating yet. The Blue Market’s central philosophy of embracing the diversity of people and culture matches our own and we hope to attract even more people, from all backgrounds, to enjoy this year’s Okinawa Day and celebrate music from across the world.


By Bus:Buses: 1, 381, P12

By Tube:Underground: Bermondsey (10 mins walk)

By Train:Train: South Bermondsey Overground: Canada Water



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The Blue Market is an outdoor public space accessible for pushchair, wheelchair and mobility vehicles. Seating available. Disabled access toilets in Blue Anchor Library. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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