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Okinawa's Sabani Sailing People

Bringing Traditional Seafaring Back to Life

The sabani of Okinawa are traditional, wooden boats, most English-speakers know as dragon boats. They may be seen at festivals, throughout the spring and summer months, being paddled by teams racing along many seaports.

Only a few times each year, the sabani sailboats can be seen. They race in the sea, sailing and paddling, far from any ports.

Prior to every event, they conduct a beach cleanup. The men and women participating in this sport, are enthusiastic and dedicated to saving an old, traditional form of seafaring. It begs the question: Where do these sabani people come from?

These photos taken at the 2013 Itoman Mayor's Cup Sabani Race, give an idea where members of the teams may be found working.

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