Team introduction

Yokohama Byakkotai
<Teams that performed Live>
The team representing Yokohama, founded in 2001.
Maintaining the sense of unity among members of various age groups, their concept is "Dignified and Refreshing".

The name of the song is "Song of Joy", and the theme is the "Tokyo Olympics".

Their costumes were designed in red and white to pay homage to the uniforms of the Japanese athletes of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Supporting the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, while paying respect to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Tenkushinatoya Shin
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Founded in 2010 by a group consisting mainly of working adults and students from the Kanto region. Approximately 150 members are currently affiliated.

This team is based in Omotesando, Harajuku, Tokyo, a city that is at the forefront of trends and continues to produce cutting-edge works that have gained recognition both in Japan and abroad.

The music expresses the feeling of moving forward together with others in the ever-changing times with a strong sense of "Wa" or harmony in mind.
Overcoming weakness, becoming stronger, and sharing a gentle smile. A song of support for those who will create a new era.

The song is called "Nadayumun", combining the beauty of Tosa's Yosakoi Naruko dance with the unique call-and-response of Ryukyu's traditional oral tradition known as "Sanpachiroku".

The song expresses a sense of speed, dancing through the wind, with an uplifting African beat accompanied by an oriental string arrangement.

The costumes are gold to represent the "sun" and silver to represent the "moon", designed in the style of Japanese kimono, hakama, and Ryukyu crown "shin" style formal wear.

The two phoenixes wrapped around the waist called Zuicho are symbols of human harmony and have been cherished by people as omens of good fortune.
Asaka Naruko Ichizoku Megumi
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This team is based in Asaka City, Saitama, and was founded 18 years ago.
"Ichizoku" means family, and "Megumi" represents a fire extinguisher, meaning "to light the festival with fire and enliven it".

The members are part of a "big family" consisting of community members, parents, children, and friends of all ages. The theme of the performance is "to entertain the audience and to enjoy themselves", touching the hearts of others. The name of the song is “2021 YO! KAI Hyakuki no Yakou ~Re: Born~”.

The dance consists of four elements: a Yokai demon, a crow-billed Tengu, a snow fairy, and a mythological fox spirit. The MC is a dragon, and the flagman is a Kirin.
With gorgeous colored costumes and accessories, the whole team works together to express Megumi's cheerful Hyakuki no Yakou.
Zokkon Machida ‘98
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Founded in Machida City, Tokyo in 1998 as a demonstration team to promote the Yosakoi Festival.

Even after the promotional activities ended, the members were captivated by the fun of dancing and the beauty of working together to achieve a common goal, they formed a regular team out of a desire wanting to dance more.

They dance the 20-year journey of the formation of the group, likened to a "Daruma" that may fall but never stays down. Adopting kabuki and dance movements, they have made various efforts such as changing formations, the sound of the Naruko, and how to handle the curtain.

The costumes are designed in red and white, and all the performers carry two pieces of curtain on their backs to double the entertainment for the audience.
The change from the Daruma curtain to the Naruko curtain is a must-see.

The male dance is based on white with the motif of Kan-nagi, expressing purity and strength. The female dance is based on red with the motif of Daruma, expressing brightness and accented with a large ribbon on the back.
Do not miss the original music collaborated with the performers "Ryoma Shijyuso".
Dream Yosacoy Official Team
<Teams that performed Live>
The official team for the "20th Dream Yosakoi Festival", which will be held in Tokyo Odaiba, Marunouchi, and other locations on November 6th and 7th this year.

Orange Ribbon: Efforts to give back to society through the power of festivals by working on SDGs, including child abuse prevention campaigns.

Due to the corona outbreak, the 19th festival in November of last year was held without an audience for the first time in its history and live-streamed without a single case of infection.

Their mission is to spread the message of the festival by hosting and promoting the events globally, including New York, Singapore, and Malaysia, with the goal of making "DREAM YOSACOY a universal language".

The choreography for the dance was first performed at the 19th Dream Yosakoi Festival in 2020. The original choreography is based on the theme of the song "Towards a New Future" to bring joy and hopes to children around the world.
Odorinchu
<Teams that performed Live>
This student Yosakoi team was formed with the motto, "Energize Japan from Students".

The team consists of about 100, first to third-year university students. Seeking "fun beyond seriousness" through Yosakoi, focusing on individual growth, team growth, and their influence.

The theme of the dance is Kagiroi, or "Fire Light".
Kagiroi means the sun at dawn, a bright sign at the beginning of things, expressing the ray of hope and the state of burning flames.

The world of Kagiroi is easily recognized through the choreography of the word "Hikari" meaning light.

The song title of the performance piece is also "Kagiroi". The music is cheerful throughout, but the dance becomes increasingly intense toward the final climax.

With the hope that this performance will be a bright sign and a ray of hope for the 11th generation team as they take a new step forward...
Yosakoisoran Hiragishi-Tenjin
<Relay from another venue>
The Hiragishi-Tenjin team with its motto of speedy, crisp, powerful dancing and radiant smiles, has won the most top prizes (grand prix) at the Yosakoi Soran Festival.

The theme of the song and the dance is "Step forward!". This piece was created to support the people of Hokkaido as they strive to recover from natural disasters.

It expresses the energy and the excitement of the people inspired by the powerful stomping of the earth and the beats of the big taiko drums.

The men are dressed in matching purple happi coats, and the women are dressed in glamorous, colorful happi coats. All the women's hair ornaments and other accessories are handmade.

Cherishing the traditional soul of Soran-bushi, aiming to create a new style of local performing arts and continue to share it with the world.
Appare Aogumi
<Relay from another venue>
This team was founded in 1997 in conjunction with the "YOSAKOI Sasebo Festival", the first Yosakoi festival in Kyushu, and now in its 24th year.

Consisting of members from a wide range of age groups, from children to seniors, aiming to be a group that is "Cheerful! Fun! and Energetic!" for both the performers and the audience.

The name of the song is "Oenka" or a cheering song, created with the intention of cheering up the people and the city who have been supporting the Appare Aogumi over the years.

The tri-color costumes, express white for purity, blue for the sky of Sasebo and the sea of Kujuku Islands, and red for passion.
Truck Yosakoi
<Relay from another venue>
The team started its activities as a club in 2015, participating in Yosakoi festivals in and outside of the prefecture.

Using costumes decorated with dragons and tigers which have been arch-enemies since ancient times, they create choreography and music to match the costumes and display the seamless beauty of their formation.

The three vocalists blend power and sharpness to create this lively song with a fast-paced rhythm. In this song that translates as "The Clash of Tigers and Dragons", the audience will be quickly drawn into the unique world of Truck Yosakoi with the familiar and lively phrases of "Yoisa! Hoisa!" together with their spectacular performances.
Obiyamachisuji
<Teams in videos>
The "Obiyamachisuji" team has participated consecutively in the Kochi Yosakoi Festival since the very first event in 1954.

This team is led by the youth group of the shopping district. The team consists of members ranging from teens to those in their 70s from all over the prefecture and beyond.

The theme of the song is "Cool Waves". The contrast and interactions between the intense men's dance and the glamorous women's dance express the refinement of a long-established tradition. The male dancers are dressed in happi-style coats and the female dancers are dressed in bamboo hats and kimono-style costumes.
AomoriI Hanaarashi Sakuragumi
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Founded in Tsugaru, Aomori in 2000 by friends who shared a passion for dancing and Yosakoi. Inspired by the renowned cherry blossoms of Hirosaki Park, the team was named "Hanaarashi Sakuragumi". To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the team's formation, the theme of the performance is "Gratitude".

A very special, compressed version of 20 years' worth of performances, expressing their deepest gratitude!

The title of the performance is "Hanareki-den ~ Chapter 20 "Gratitude"".

The idea is to head into the future with a nostalgic, yet with new and fresh mindset.
In each scene, teams of fans, small flags, and umbrellas are formed to create a more glamorous effect.
Kazusagumi
<Teams in videos>
The leader of the team participated in the first Yosakoi Festival in Kochi and formed the team in 1991 after getting married, wishing to perform Yosakoi in Saitama.

As mentioned in the lyrics of the song, to "dance and to sing, missing Tosa", the theme of Kazusagumi since its founding is "Yosakoi Naruko Dance of Kochi in Tosa".

Another concept that has existed since the founding of the group is, not only for the audience to watch the performance but to join in in the festivities.

One of the most important aspects of Kazusagumi's performance is the sound of the Naruko.

The choreography is designed so that the sound of the Naruko can be distinctively heard.

The music is light and fast-paced with drums and flutes.
Dancing gracefully in Japanese-style costumes based on the team's color of navy blue.
Bingo Barabara Yosakoi Odoritai
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A family team of approximately 80 members aged between 7 and 70, who all share the love for Fukuyama, the "City of Roses".

They aim to "Challenge" themselves, and through Yosakoi, hope to bring vitality to themselves, their friends, and the community.

The theme of the song and the dance is "Rainbow Bridge".

Expressing the idea of walking towards a bright future together. A bright future that cannot be grasped right at this moment, but that will surely come one day.
Mind
<Teams in videos>
Founded in January of 1999, their activities are centered around "Saitama, Musashi Province".

Connecting the community, children, and adults of all ages to enjoy "Dance activities".

Born from the idea to be a place, where "performers", "dancers", and "festival folks" can meet, and to be a team that values "mind" at all times.

A lively dance routine using an original and unique double Naruko.
The name of the song is "Run through", a fast-paced song of encouragement for the future, with glamorous costumes that incorporate both the traditional style of Japanese Wa and modern styles.
Minatoya
<Teams in videos>
The team was founded in 2012 and its members range in age from teens to those in their 40s.

The team's concept is "Helping to Enliven Japan", and deliver smiles and courage to the world.
The title of the song is "Private Cheering Party for the World Minatoya".
Chofu-City Yosakoiren
<Teams in videos>
The "Chofu Yosakoi" is one of the biggest events to mark the end of summer in Chofu, where Yosakoi dances are performed in front of Chofu Station and along the old Koshu Kaido Highway.

Chofu-City Yosakoiren is a joint team from Chofu City, formed to liven up the "Chofu Yosakoi Festival", and mainly performs at events in the city.

As a joint team of dancers in the city, a variety of performers of all ages, genders, and nationalities participate.

The musical piece "Chofu - Butterfly Dance" is a Chofu original.

Take note of the choreography which is inspired by Chofu, from the Chofu Ondo, the Daruma of Jindai-ji Temple, and the Nogawa River.
Tentekomai
<Teams in videos>
"Tentekomai" has participated in Yosakoi Festival in Kochi for over 20 years.

Working towards true normalization and a barrier-free environment, the team brings people with and without disabilities to dance together.

More people feel a sense of purpose in life by participating in Yosakoi, which has a positive impact on other activities.
Kosumosu
<Teams in videos>
The "Kosumosu Workshop" is a daycare facility for people with disabilities located in Sakado City, Saitama.

Here, people with mental disabilities produce tofu, bread, and pesticide-free vegetables, and also run a cafeteria.

Looking forward to "Yosakoi" after work.
Dance! Have fun and give it all!
Showing off their efforts with slick moves to the tune of Rock Soran-bushi!
Wakaba Ren
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A community-based team that has been together for 16 years consisting of members spanning across four generations.

Half of the members are children of elementary school age or younger. Four generations are united through Yosakoi.

The theme of the dance is Yosakoi Tokaido. The name of the song is "Yosakoi for 53 Stations of the Tokaido", depicting events at the lodgings of the 53 stations of the Tokaido Highway.

The two costumes, one worn by elementary school students and older, and the other by infants are both based on the image of a Wakaba flower.
Odokko Hioka
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A family team based in Kakogawa City, Hyogo, consisting of members with a wide age range from elementary school students to those in their 50s.

With the concept of "Made in Hioka", the team came up with ideas for the music, choreography, and costume design.

The name of the song is "Date", telling the story of the Onoko and Onago of Hioka with their "Date Gokoro", and putting flamboyance, flair, and style to the forefront.
Ren
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Founded 16 years ago, consisting of members with a wide age range from elementary school students to those in their 60s.

The concept is about a man and a woman in love with dancing. Drink and be drunk, dance and be merry, the dance of love that blooms this evening.

The theme of the choreography is Kugutsu (puppets). Each day, finding oneself being manipulated like a puppet by various things. To challenge such a routine and to open the door of the heart and unleash it.
Reibu
<Teams in videos>
This Yosakoi team is active mainly in the City of Kakogawa, Hyogo.

Founded in 1997 as a PR team for the Oddoko Matsuri Festival, and have been active since 1999 as "Reibu".

To give the audience a fresh experience, they are always experimenting with new ideas, creating works that are both "flexible" and "intense".

The theme of the song is "Geisha" and the name of the song is "Hana-no-En〜 Ichigen-san Irasshai", which translates as "Gorgeous party 〜 Welcome newcomers".

The costumes are designed to be simple and colorful so that they would shine on the entire stage.

Both the fan and the Japanese-style umbrella are carefully chosen for their use and color schemes so that their qualities are maximized.
Kamimachi Yosakoi Narukoren
<Teams in videos>
The Yosakoi team from Kamimachi, Kochi City, the birthplace of Ryoma Sakamoto.
They have never missed a performance since the first Yosakoi Festival in 1954.

The group is made up of members between 9 and 15 years old, bringing energy with their cute dance moves and smiles that outshine those of adults.

The theme of the dance is "Phoenix of Passion".
The performance is inspired by a fight song for children who are working hard to achieve their dreams.
Nagoya Gakusei Team 『Syachi』
<Teams in videos>
Student team active in the City of Nagoya, Aichi.
Founded in 1996 with a concept to "Wake up your dormant passions!".

The aim of the team is to help people discover their passion and their dreams for something through dance!

The name of the song is "Musubi", meaning connection.

The idea behind the performance is that "it is the connections we have made over the years that make us who we are today and being grateful for those connections".

Expressing this idea through Nagoya Castle in construction, one of Nagoya's iconic landmarks, and delivering the power and importance of connection to people around the world.
Higomaguma~Kyushugassai~
<Teams in videos>
The group was founded in 2003 mainly by students from Kumamoto, with the hope of becoming passionate people who love Kyushu. It currently has more than 100 dancers.

To have fun and smile through Yosakoi.

The aim is to create excitement, gratitude, compassion, and develop relationships with the people around us, resulting in the revitalization and enrichment of the community.

With energetic movements, they bring smiles, energy, and fun to the audience.

They also use a variety of flags from Matoi flags, large flags and banner flags, and happi coats to create a festive atmosphere.

The name of the song is "Kizuna" and the motif is the traditional "Fujisaki Shrine Autumn Festival".
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