Okinawa Television (OTV) broadcasted a reportage with the title "All the way from Switzerland to Okinawa—Traditional arts I wanted to learn"
A Swiss travels to Okinawa to learn about Heshikiya #Eisa in Uruma-shi, which has a history of more than 100 years.
Emanuel H. came all the way from Switzerland to Uruma-shi, 9,800 km from Okinawa.
H. fell in love with traditional Okinawan culture when he first visited Okinawa 17 years ago and met Eisa and Sanshin there, and now leads an Eisa dance group in Switzerland.
He approached the Heshikiya Eisa Preservation Society himself and said he wanted to learn the traditional Eisa of Heshikya, and this two-week experience became a reality.
Mr Azuma, a member of the Heshikiya Eisa Preservation Society, said, "I am very touched that you have come here to learn Heshikiya Eisa. I hope that I can teach you something that you will be satisfied with.
Mr. Emanuel H.:
"I think it is a beautiful dance. I want to learn more about the form and the way of moving."
H. will stay until the 16th of this month and wants to learn not only Eisa but also Sanshin (three-stringed lute) and folk songs.
by OTV沖縄テレビ on YouTube