Originally performed by boys at the age of 15 and 16, the dance Celebrates a promising start of life and conveys hope and success throughout the coming years. Accompanied by flutes and drums, performers dance on stage with grace. The choreography with their fans is a distinctive feature not seen in other dances.
Only four kilometers in circumference, Hatomajima Island is a tiny island in the Yaeyama Islands group. There were no paddy fields, so people had to commute by boat to neighboring Iriomotejima island and work there for getting farm products. The dance features the islanders’ joy and appreciation for a rich harvest.