Summer in Okinawa belongs to Eisa. On a hot summer night, as the sound wave of drum spurts in the neighborhood, some children run out from their homes while some rush to the balcony. On the street, neighbors gather in small groups and look for the best seat while greeting each other.
As the sound of the drum grows louder and louder, the chanting catches on.
The parade appears from the far end of the street – first the flag, and then the drummers, and then the dancers. Oh wait, some kids are cheering. Ahh… the clown is giving away candies. Not all children like the clown, some babies are still scared of his makeup.
This repeats year after year on the streets of Okinawa during the hot summer evening. Same tunes, same dance, and it never gets old. To some, this is a cultural experience. For every Okinawan by birth or in spirit, this is why we love Okinawa.
Eisa brings back the best memories about Okinawa – the time we spent on the beach walking in the sunset, the time we laugh over a few too many drinks at an izakaya, the time we envision a better future under the fireworks, the time the color of the Okinawa sea appears outside the air plan window … everything that makes us happy about living on the island.
We create a group of Eisa paper toys for you to form your own Eisa team, wherever you are. This is a digital product. Upon purchase, you will receive printable templates by email. The template includes the colored version and wireframes version for you to design and color the costume for your Eisa characters. Print out the template with a home printer to build your own Eisa parade.
Follow these tutorials to make your paper Eisa team. You will need glue and a pair of scissors to build the toy. A crafting knife will make it easier, but it could also cause serious injury.
Big Taiko Drummer
The Flag Head
More video tutorials in coming days. Upon purchase any version of the Eisa paper toy, you will receive email notification when new videos are posted on this page.
Send us photos or videos of your Eisa team for a chance to win $50 Oki Social gift card
When you finish building your Eisa paper toys, send us a photo or video. We will feature your artwork on our social media channel. Those who receive a 100 Likes on our Facebook page or 100 hearts on our Instagram profile will receive a $50 gift card to spend on our online shop.
Be creative, here are some ideas
- Post your Eisa character in front of an Okinawa theme background.
- Create a story that involves your Eisa characters. Take multiple pictures or make a video to tell the story.
- Make a massive paper Eisa parade and take photos of it.
How to Enter
Send us your photos or video (under 1 minute) via Facebook, or Instagram within 14 days after your purchase. If your video file size is too large, upload it to cloud storage such as Dropbox or Google Photos and send us a download link. Your video file must be under 3GB.
*We love seeing the creation from everyone, but only customers who purchase the full version of the Eisa paper toy are qualified for the rewards.
How to Win
We will post your photos and video on our social media channel. If it receives more than 100 likes on Facebook, or 100 hearts on Instagram within 7 days after it is posted, you will win a $50 gift card to spend on our online shop.