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2024 Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament Schedule Information

 
Bullfighting in Okinawa is a longstanding tradition. Bulls fight each other using their horns. The one rule to remember is that if you run away, you lose. In the heavy class, bulls can weigh in around 1000 kilograms. Watching them collide is a sight! Some match-ups can be decided in seconds while others can last up to 30 minutes. 

Uruma City is known as the bullfighting town in Okinawa and tournaments are held about 20 times every year at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome. The All Island Bullfighting Tournament is held spring, summer, and fall and is an event that attracts many fans.

Normally, tournaments charge a 3,000 yen entrance fee. However, the bullfight held at the Uruma Festival every October is part of a larger festival and is therefore free to watch.
 
Updated 2024/6/4
Bullfighting Tournament Information

2024.6.9
The 14th Heisei Wakainokai Grand Bullfighting Tournament
Venue: Uruma City Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome
Time: 13:00
Cost: ¥3,000 for men, ¥2,000 for women, ¥1,000 for ages 13-18
Heavyweight champion Shinriki Baby has won 12 matches
Middleweight champion Kurojuuou has won 14 matches
Akabanto has won 13 matches for the first time in a year, returning from an injury
This is a special tournament pitting undefeated champions against each other.

2024.6.16
Father's Day Bullfighting Tournament
Venue: Uruma City Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome
Time: 13:00
Cost: ¥3,000 for men, ¥2,000 for women, ¥1,000 for ages 13-18

2024.6.23
Title TBA (Sponsored by Northern Bullfighting Union)
Venue: Uruma City Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome
Time: 13:00
Cost: ¥3,000 for men, ¥2,000 for women, ¥1,000 for ages 13-18

2024.6.30
Title TBA (Organized by Gushikawa Association)
Venue: Uruma City Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome
Time: 13:00
Cost: ¥3,000 for men, ¥2,000 for women, ¥1,000 for ages 13-18

Bullfighting in Uruma City Events
From bullfighting lectures by famous bullfight announcer Taishi Iha to bulfighting exhibition matches and photo shoots, you can learn everything you need to know before watching a tournament.

2024
April 13 / May 17 / June 8 / July 6 / August 3 / September 14

9:30
Reception opens at Uruma City Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome.
It is also possible to join in the middle of the event. Please contact the staff.
10:00
Opening Event
Performers will vary according to the schedule.
10:15
Bullfight Lecture
Mr. Taishi Iha, famous MC, will be using a 300-inch large screen to explain bulfighting and Uruma City traditions in an easy-to-understand manner.
10:30
Bullfighting exhibition match (2 trials)
There will be no winner or loser at an exhibition match.
10:50
End
Time may vary depending on the progression of the match.
11:00
Bullfight commemorative photo time (not a requirement).
Please bring your own camera.

External Link Details   
Tel. 098-973-2002
 
Bullfighting has been developed and passed down as an ancient pastime in Okinawa. It is one of the representative cultures of Uruma City, loved by many and attracting attention as a local resource and tourist attraction. Please come visit the charm of Uruma City.

How to Enjoy Bullfighting

How to Enjoy Bullfighting

Uruma City, the town of bullfighting
*Provided by Uruma City

Uruma City Bullfight Pamphlet

For inquiries regarding tournaments, please contact the Okinawa Prefecture Bullfighting Union Federation