2021 Tubarāma Taikai on YouTube

via Ishigaki City’s website

This year the Tubarāma Taikai was held at the Ishigaki Shimin Kaikan Dai Hōru (it was originally scheduled to be held outdoors at Shinei Park) without a live audience due to the pandemic. So in place of canceling it, they did a YouTube livestream and although the video is 3 hours 46 minutes long, the program actually starts around the 1 hour mark. The contestants range in age from the 10’s to the 70’s and come from Yaeyama, Uchinaa, and Japan.

“Tubarāma” is one of the representative folk songs of Yaeyama and is widely sung. The Tubarāma Tournament, which is held every year for the purpose of passing it on to future generations […]


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