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猜猜看,照片中这位可能得到甜油炸圈饼(Andagi)、炖猪脚(Ashitibichi)及日式炒面(Yaki Soba)的年轻表演者太谷(Taiko)身在何处?

假如您回答日本,您的答案已经后接近了!为找寻更好的生活质量,许多日本人(125,000多人)自日本搬到夏威夷,他们与其他的亚洲移民常受雇工作于蔗糖园。直到现在,夏威夷岛上仍留有明显的日本文化,且会以冲绳节来欢庆。所以,如果你吃 andagi,你就是在吃炸甜甜圈、如果吃 ashitibichi,就是吃猪脚汤,而如果吃 yaki soba就是在吃伴有蔬菜及肉的炒面。每年,您都可以在位于威基基(Waikiki)中央的Kapiolani公园,品尝到这些美味的冲绳食品。

除了常规的冲绳食品外,游客也可以体验各式各样的常规冲绳文化及艺术。庆祝活动包括了一场paranku游行行列,paranku是一种可拿在手中的小鼓,名叫eisa的民俗表演中可看见它的踪迹。其他的常规冲绳乐器还包括了taiko ()sanshin (三线琴)koto (十三弦古筝)。您曾看过这些乐器吗?另外还有一种名叫Obon的舞蹈表演,舞者是一大群的男性、女性及各年龄层的小孩。

Can you guess where this young Taiko performer might get some andagi, ashitibichi, and yaki soba?

If you guessed Japan, you're close! Many Japanese people (over 125,000) moved from Japan to Hawaii in search of a better life. They, along with other Asian immigrants, were often employed to work on sugar plantations. Today, there is a strong Japanese culture in Hawaii and it is celebrated with the Okinawan Festival. So, if you're eating andagi you're eating deep-fried doughnuts, if you're eating ashitibichi, you're eating pig's feet soup, and if you're eating yaki soba you're eating noodles stir-fried with vegetables and meat. These are all delicious Okinawan-style dishes that you can try at the festival held each year at Kapiolani Park in the middle of Waikiki.

Along with traditional Okinawan dishes, visitors can experience all kinds of traditional Okinawan culture and arts. The festival includes a parade with a paranku procession. A paranku is a small hand-held drum used in folk performing art called eisa. Other traditional Okinawan musical instruments include the taiko (drum), sanshin (lute) and the koto (zither). Have you ever seen any of these instruments? There is also the Obon, a dance performed by large groups of men, women and children of all ages.

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