What's Super Yosakoi Festival


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What is The Harajuku Omotesando Genki-matsuri Festival -- Super Yosakoi?

What is The Harajuku Omotesando Genki-matsuri Festival -- Super Yosakoi? Since 2001, the local shopping avenue in the association promoted by Harajyuku Omotesando Keyaki-kai has been organizing this festival. It is held in last weekend in August for dedication festival of Meiji-Jingu, so as to protect tradition of Yosakoi festival in Kochi prefecture.

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Past Performance

Practice contents
“Yosakoi Naruko dance” exhibitions and festivals introduction at 3stages/ 2 street. Approximately 100 teams gather to Omotesando every year from all over Japan. They perform individual enthusiastic “Yosakoi Naruko Dance” The “Super Yosakoi” celebrates 16th festival in this year. It now establishes the status as one of the biggest Yosakoi events.

What's Yosakoi Festival

Etymology

Yosakoi means “Please come at night” in Tosa dialect.

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History

Yosakoi Festival was born in 1954 after the war depression by Kouchi chamber of commerce and industry for recovering economics and building up the local area. For the first time, it was done by 21 teams (750 participants). Until the 30th festival, the participants grew up to 1,000 in number. In 1970 it was chosen one of the top 10 festivals in Japan by Osaka international exhibition. About 50 years have passed and now Yosakoi prevail all over the Japan. Until now, 220 or more Yosakoi style festivals have been born.

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Music

Birthplace of Yosakoi, Kochi Yosakoi Festival allows you to add any arrangement if you use music “Yosakoi Naruko Odori” by Eisaku Takemasa. The “Yosakoi Naruko Odori” is incorporated with “Yosakoi-bushi”, Yocchore (old children’s song)”, “Jinmamo (local song)”, and Its composor (Mr. Takemasa) contributed the song with abandonment copyright of the song. Generally, using phrase of local folk song into part of Yosakoi song is mandatory for Yosakoi Style Festival, so now many teams compose their original songs and play live band on Jikatasha. The style is managed from original Yosakoi-bushi to rock style, samba style and so on, which is the biggest reason of Yosakoi Festival is accepted to young generations and spread over many part of Japan. It can be said that Mr. Takemasa contributed the popularity of Yosakoi.

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Naruko (musical instrument)

Naruko is irreplaceable instrument for Yosakoi Festival. Originally, Naruko was a tool to scare birds such as sparrows by hanging at the field. When Yosakoi Festival was born in Kochi - prefecture, Awaodori was already famous for its style with bare hands. Yosakoi referred to it and also started to use instruments. The reason why Naruko was chosen for the instrument was because it was intimate with Kochi. Traditionally black and yellow sticks are settled on vermilion wooden body, But now the original form is arranged in terms of color, material, and shape to match each costume. Also, Yosakoi is getting familiarized by being introduced in P.E. classes in school or so on.

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Costume

There is no regulation on color or design for costume. First of all, when Yosakoi was born, men and women enjoyed dancing with Yukata. But now dance has been changed and at the same time variations have increased such as ethnic style, rock style, or old style. Therefore, many teams now create new costumes every year depending on the theme of the team, which add spice to each individuality.

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Jikatasya

Jikatasha made its in appearance to the 4th Yosakoi Festival in Kochi. Jikatasha is the leading truck of teams which represents the symbol of the teams. The driver’s seat plays the role of the command of the team. The body of the truck is decorated with the team concept, and the carrier is also the mobile live stage for sound machineries and band. It is now used as the moving device or illumination that entertain audience.

Information

MAP in 2017

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Name
Meiji Jingu Shrine dedication Harajuku Omotesando Genki Festival Super Yosakoi 2017
Session
2017/August/26rd(Sat)・27th(Sun)
Place
Harajuku Omotesando/Meiji Jingu Shrine/Yoyogi park/An avenue of Keyaki in front of NHK
Host
The executive of Harajuku Omotesando Genki Festival/Shopping District Promotion Association Harajuku Omotesando Keyakikai
Cohost
Kochi-shi
Special cooperation
Meiji Jingu Shrine
participating team
106teams
number of mobilization audiences
about eight hundreds thousand people (record in 2016)
operation content
[Harajuku stage](26rd・27th)
[Jingu-kaikan stage] (26rd・27th)NEW!
[Yoyogi park stage] (26rd・27th)
[Street the front of NHK] (26rd・27th)
[Omotesando avenue] (27th)

Harajyuku stage

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The nearest station
JR Harajyuku station Omotesando exit
Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line Meiji Jingu mae station exit 2. one minute walk
Show Time
Aug/26/2017 (SAT) 11:30 ~ 19:30
Aug/27/2017 (SUN) 10:00 ~ 17:30
Guidance
The main stage at entrance of Meiji Jingu where will be held opening and closing ceremony

Jingukaikan stage NEW!

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The nearest station
JR Harajuku station Omotesando exit
Tokyo Metro Chiyoda lineMeiji Jingu mae station exit 2. 12 minutes wal
Show Time
Aug/26/2017 (SAT) 10:30 ~ 17:30
Aug/27/2017 (SUN) 10:00 ~ 17:00
Guidance
5 minutes walk in the precinct from Harajuku stage.There is a special stage in Jingu-kaikan parking lot.The stage is surrounded with the grove of the village shrine.

Street the front of NHK

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The nearest station
JR Harajuku Omotesando exit
Tokyo Metro Chiyoda lineMeiji Jingu mae station 1 or 2 exit. ten minutes walkJR Shibuya station ten minutes walk
Show Time
Aug/26/2017 (SAT) 10:00 ~ 18:30
Aug/27/2017 (SUN) 10:00 ~ 17:00
Guidance
All participated team will do performance on 26rd. Can’t miss it!You can watch with easy seat.

Yoyogi park stage

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The nearest station

JR Harajuku station Omotesando exit
Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line
Meiji Jingu mae station exit 1 or 2.
10 minutes walk
JR Shibuya station, 15 minutes walk

Show Time
Aug/26/2017 (SAT) 10:00 ~ 20:00
Aug/27/2017 (SUN) 10:00 ~ 17:00

Omotesando avenue

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The nearest station

Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line・Ginza line・Hanzomon line Omotesando station A1 or A2 exit.
one minute walk

Show Time
Aug/27/2017 (SUN) 11:40 ~ 16:45
Guidance
This show will be only on 24th with the regulation of traffic on Omotesando which is a must see.

Jiman-ichi

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The nearest station
JR Harajuku Omotesando exit
Tokyo Metro Chiyoda lineMeiji Jingu mae station 1 or 2 exit. ten minutes walkJR Shibuya station 15minutes walk
Show Time
Aug/26/2017 (SAT) 10:00 ~ 20:00
Aug/27/2017 (SUN) 10:00 ~ 17:00
Guidance
An exhibition of the specialty product of many part of Japan where is held Yosakoi.

PR zone

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The nearest station
JR Harajuku Omotesando exit
Tokyo Metro Chiyoda lineMeiji Jingu mae station 2 exit.
one minutes walk
Show Time
Aug/26/2017 (SAT) 11:00 ~ 17:30
Aug/27/2017 (SUN) 10:00 ~ 17:00
Guidance
At the PR zone inside the Meiji Jingu, we sell Super Yosakoi official towel and reservation of official DVD

Organizer (Keyakikai) Introduction

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Seat of Shopping District Promotion Association Harajyuku Omotesando Keyakikai

6-9-1 Tominaga building B1 #2, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

03‐3406‐4303

about 800 stores

women’s clothes store(250)/ variety store(310)


The Charter of Harajyuku Omotesando

  1. the town full of friendsip, love, and vigor
  2. the town treasure nature and environment
  3. the town send art and culture
  4. the town look history and science
  5. the town create peace, future, and happiness

Effort toward environment of Harajyuku Omotesando Keyaki-kai

Harajyuku Omotesando Keyaki-kai have been creating town respect for environment since 1970’s.
We would like to introduce what we have done until now and the future.

  • In 1973, inauguration Harajyuku Champs-Elysees - slogan is 「Keep Clean Keep Green」that is respect for environment since this time.
  • 1974 Harajyuku women’s marathon.
  • 1980 Harajyuku music festival.
  • 1981 started diagnosis of zelkove trees(Keyaki) - we have been doing diagnosis of zelkove tree(Keyaki) which is symbol of the town.
  • 1991~1997 started construction project of street scenery restoration.
  • 1991~1998 operation of illumination project.
  • 1999 change name from Harajyuku Champs-Elysees to Harajyuku Omotesando Keyaki-kai - to define area identity.
  • 1999 the Charter of Harajyuku Omotesando.
  • 2000 started sweeper team and clean busters.
  • 2001 Harajyuku Omotesando eco-avenue 21 declaration.
  • 2001 Harajyuku Omotesando Genki Festival, Super Yosakoi.
  • 2002 test lighting illumination with fuel battery.
  • 2002 piaza eco-farm opened in Tomidu, Chiba.
  • 2003 started Greenbird cleaning volunteer.
  • 2003 practice of examination for energy saving consciousness as eco-avenue - we had cooperation 62 stores out of 70.
  • 2006 establishment of automatic collection machine for can and bottle at Omotesando in Keyaki festival project with deadline.
  • 2006 Cool Asia 2006 - collaborate with Ministry of the Environment at Omotesando hills.
  • 2006 opened piaza eco farm cafe.
  • 2006 Lighting Omotesando with LED.
  • 2008 Zero garbage mission - started by restaurants.
  • 2008 the conclusion of partners agreement about environment protect project.
  • 2009~2011 operation of Omotesando illumination with LED,
    establishment of automatic collection machine for can and bottle.
    Omotesando illumination 2009 - a Keyaki tree lighted up by solar energy generator (A Keyaki in front of Jingu police station)
    Omotesando illumination 2010 - offset for discharge CO2 of illumination electricity.

CONTACT

Harajyuku Omotesando Genki Festival Super Yosakoi office 6-9-1
Tominaga building B1 #2 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, zip150-0001
TEL:03-3406-5572 FAX:03-3406-0955 Weekdays(Monday thru Friday)10:00~18:00