Shuri Kumi Udui Performance

Last night we went to see “Unna Munu Guyi” at Shuri Castle. This was all part of the upcoming Shuri Castle festival next month. There were some dances, then a contest for the Shuri king and queen for the festival….then the main part for me….kumi udui. It was okay..but I do have to comment that it was not really traditional in line-up and also stage placement. This was really for the tourist. Instead of doing a dance to open for good fortune…they opened with “Udui Kuwadisa”. Also, traditionally the stage for entertainment was set offside from the castle, not connected in front. The use of the castle as the stage was also dramatic, but not traditional. I think the castle should not be used in such a way.