Yosakoi started in Kochi in the early 1950s and the colorful and lively dance craze has spread all over Japan to include such festivals as the Yosakoi Soran Festival in Sapporo, the Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi in Harajuki and Yoyogi Park in Tokyo and events in Saitama and Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture.
The annual festival in Kochi on Shikoku is the big daddy of them all, however, and this year is the 59th edition of the big bash through the streets of the city. The festival will be held from 9-12 August with around 80 dance groups from all over Japan taking part.
Yosakoi Festival Website (in Japanese & English)
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