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Tokyo Super Yasakoi Genki Matsuri

Definitions first

Matsuri -> Festival

Genki -> happy, energetic

Yosakoi -> a modern Japanese folk dance

Tokyo Super yosakoi Genki Matsuri is one of the big annual matsuris around. Matsuris are traditional festivals. Men women children dress up eat drink enjoy sing and dance. From temporary expressions of joy more formalized  art forms evolve. Awa Odori is a dance form that evolved from summer time matsuris in Japan. It’s still very much a part of culture. But following on the footsteps of Awa Odori, a more recent style of folk dance is getting  popular. It’s Yosakoi.

Yosakoi Performance Team1
Yosakoi Performance Team1

It originated in the sleepy suburb of Kochi, down south of Japan. Wooden clappers in hand boisterous group of youngsters jockeyed

Yosakoi Performance Team2
Yosakoi Performance Team2

parts of popular songs into high energy fast- beat entertainment show. It started as a rebel but morphed into regularly held performances soon.

From south of Japan it has reached Tokyo. Tokyo now hosts an annual performance end of summer every summer. Clubs and neighborhood organizations perform in teams. The venue is Yoyogi koen Omotesando area. Teams in colorful dresses dance in tune to their theme music and move through designated streets. People of all ages participate. Viewers throng by the roadsides and into the cafeterias. Street food stalls come up to cater to the thousands who descend on the venue for the experience. The entire show, the colors music the energy it all can probably be compared with carnivals held in other world cities.

Yosakoi Performance Team3
Yosakoi Performance Team3
Yosakoi Performance Team4
Yosakoi Performance Team4

There are several locations around the main venue area where the performances run in parallel, each hosting 15-20 teams. In case you missed performer by a troop you can likely catch it at next stage at a different time slot.

fare stalls also set up tents, Adding to the ambience. Shoot the target, hoop a soft toy, catch a goldfish are given company by the hotdogs and ice creams. When it’s summer and a festival, Kirins and Suntorys and Sapporos complete the experience.

Yosakoi Performance Team6
Yosakoi Performance Team6
Yosakoi Performance Team5
Yosakoi Performance Team5

Performances normally start around afternoon and run till sometime evening. The shadow of the tall Ginkgo trees melts into the evening as music from one team receding fades and mixes with that of the next one approaching. With Meiji Jingu on one side and Yoyogi Harajuku on the other, the chasm of times between ancient and modern is bridged by this moving mass of revelers called Super Yosakoi.

Yosakoi Performance Team7
Yosakoi Performance Team7

Ah by the way Super connotes the larger the funkier the merrier festival that this is. Check out the video you will feel the passion, the interaction, the participation between the performers and viewers. If next time you are around town why not join it yourself….?!!

For more information refer to official website –http://www.super-yosakoi.tokyo


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