Yosakoi Matsuri 2011

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Yosakoi is a traditional summer dance of Japan.The style is highly energetic combining traditional Japanese dance movements with modern music.This year while searching for the details of the Hanabi festival, I came to know about the Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi. This dance festival was being held the same day as the Hanabi festival.So we decided to spend the whole day indulging in Japanese traditions and festivities.At Harajuku,this festival is held at about 5 locations of which we visited the performances in front of the Meiji-Jingu Shrine and near the Yoyogi park ( also the venue for the Indian Festival )

On reaching the spot in front of the Meiji shrine,we were instantly taken in by the powerful beats and the colourful costumes of the yosakoi teams.Happi coats and yukata were the most predominant costumes used over a wide variety of colors.Also each dancer held in their hands the distinctive ‘Naruko’ the small wooden clappers.The dancers all seemed alike..men women..children..all happy-faced and bustling with the same vigor and energy which vibrated across to the onlookers irrespective of any barrier of language or nationalities.This was an experience of  ‘music speaks the language of heart’ and there were tapping feet,drumming fingers,jubilant faces and powerful rhythm filling the air all around ! It was like any festival/fiesta/giant party should be… 🙂 🙂

Here are a few frozen and few fleeting moments of the same.. 🙂 🙂

“All I need is the Rhythm Divine… ” Enjoy !!!!

At the Yoyogi Park

Relaxing after the performance
Off the stage..
Hey You..Dance with me !

On our way back..
Back in front of Meiji Shrine
One of the younger members of the team 🙂 🙂

This post is part of  the September 2011 J-Festa “Events in Japan” at Japingu.


11 thoughts on “Yosakoi Matsuri 2011

    1. Thanks so much Sudha ! NIce to hear from u 🙂 When i started i had no idea if anyone would even be interested 🙂 Am so glad u r liking it 🙂 Hope to hear from u more often..Have a great day !!

  1. This looks like it would have been a blast. It’s funny that Hokkaido has a very big and famous Yosakoi festival, but I’ve just never been around at the right time to see it over the last 8 years. Definitely want to. Thanks for sharing your experience. And you’re right music – and dance -speaks a universal language.

    1. Glad that u feel the same.
      I want to visit Hokkaido someday..especially the snow festival 🙂 🙂
      Have you been there ??
      NIce to hear from u 🙂 🙂
      Have a great day !

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