Yosakoi festival in Harajuku and Omotesando was held from August 25 to 26. This event has been held every year since 2001, and is popular with about 850,000 visitors.
Yosakoi (よさこい) is a unique style of dance that originated in Kōchi Prefecture of Japan. Yosakoi means “Come at night” in Kōchi dialect. Original Yosakoi festival, which originated in 1954 as a representing people’s wishes for the recovery from World War II, is held in Kōchi Prefecture every year. Yosakoi dancing has a lot of flexibility in music, dancing and costumes, and its style of dance is very energetic. The charm has spread throughout Japan, and now there are more than 200 of Yosakoi style festivals all over the country.
Yosakoi dancers are preparing at the starting point of Omotesando.
Many people are enjoying Yosakoi dancing.
This year, 88 Yosakoi dance teams attended the festival.