Ryukyu Mura (琉球村)
Posted by okinawatime on 2009/04/16
Ryukyu Mura (Ryukyu Village)
Ryukyu Mura is model village that has been built in the park. This Village gives flavor to the old time Okinawan life style. There are original Okinawan style houses that have been collected from various places in Okinawa.
When you are in Ryukyu Mura, they show you the old fashioned way to produce brown sugar. They use water buffalo strength to drive the big sugar cane grinders to move forward crushing the sugar canes. Once they produce juice from crushing the sugar canes, it has to be boiled to produce the much favored brown sugar. If you ever go there try Koku tou黒糖, it is organic and contains many vitamins and minerals. You can use this brown sugar in cooking and as a substitute for white sugar in coffee or tea, or you can also eat it like a piece of candy.
Habu vs. Mongoose video show ハブ vs．マングース
There is also a snake center in the park. When I used to live in Okinawa, they would hold stage fight between the Habu snake and Mongoose but when I visited Ryukyu Mura with my family almost 4 years ago they just introduced the Habu on stage. There are additional payments to see videos of the Habu vs. Mongoose. (While, that was little disappointment for my Kids they were excited to see the Habu vs. Mongoose fight on stage.) Also, they introduce Habu powder, cream, and sake in the snake center.
獅子舞[Shishi-Mai] Lion Dance
Okinawan dance performance in the Ryukyu Mura
There are definitely many attractions for visitors to enjoy in Ryukyu Mura. In the main Ryukyu Mura stage, you can eat Okinawa soba and enjoying the Okinawan dances, eisa-, and shishi mai.
Also, there are the Indigo dyeing, pottery, shi-sa-(lion dog), weaving, Bingata and other folk arts workshops.
If you are going to Okinawa, make sure to visit Ryukyu Mura, this park is always in the top 10 rankings in the Visitor Attractions.
Ryukyu Mura (Map) (Address; 1130 Yamada, Onna Village, Okinawa 904-0416) is nearly 5 miles (8km) north of Kadena off route 58, from Naha Airport by driving car from highway approximately 80 minutes. Using bus, you have to take either the Okinawa Bus or Ryukyu Bus #20 and #120. Walking from the bus stop, called Ryukyu Mura, it only takes a 2 minute walk to get to Ryukyu Mura Park. Bus #20 Nago line (via west), #120 Nago line (via west – Naha Airport).
Visit – Ryukyu Mura website…