What's Super Yosakoi Festival
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.
What's Yosakoi Festival
Yosakoi means “Please come at night” in Tosa dialect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.