Okinawan spirit: eisa

Eisa dancing is performed on the last day of the three-day Obon celebration to bid farewell to the ancestors’ spirits. To most Okinawans, this day is a most exciting occasion. Young men and women travel around residential streets and business areas dancing eisa, accompanied by drums, folk songs, chants, whistling and the strains of a sanshin. Eisa was originally performed so that people could give the spirits a good send-off.