This is a traditional event held at each fishing port to pray for a big catch and maritime safety on May 4th according to the old Japanese calendar. * (Actual date of event varies)
The Haarii is a race with boats called “Haryusen” (dragon boat), although some districts use small fishing boats called “Sabani” instead.
Yonabaru has the Haarii at the Tousoe fishing port every year. This is an event that is truly fun for all ages.
It is told the Haarii began during the Ryukyu Kingdom about 600 years ago and was introduced by China.
This event is actually a religious service meant to pray for large catch of fish and maritime safety.
Many tourists know the Haarii, as it’s become a very popular tourism event.
The Tousoe Haarii started around 1908 and was held until 1964. The event was suspended for a number of years, but it resumed again in 1979.
The Haarii is actually made up of many boat races with divisions for elementary school kids, PTA and women’s competition.
The people living in the Tousoe district always look forward to this huge event.
Anyone who can make a team can apply and participate the Haarii. Come be a part of the excitement!!