Okinawa Sanshinkai / Kenjinkai and Sonda Seinenkai Eisa Group
Members of the famous Sonda Seinenkai Eisa group have travelled all the way from Okinawa to perform with the London Okinawa Sanshinkai at Japan Matsuri 2019.
The Sonda Seinenkai originally taught Eisa to members of the London Okinawa Sanshinkai over ten years ago. With the support of the Okinawan Prefectural government, this is the first time they have visited since then so this really is a unique opportunity.
During August in Okinawa groups perform Eisa. Eisa features drum dancing and hand dancing to a suite of songs performed live by Jikata, who play the Sanshin and sing in the Okinawan language. The Sonda Seinenkai are possibly the most illustrious Eisa group in Okinawa, having won the Okinawa Eisa contest a record number 7 times in 21 years.