Yosakoi is a style of japanese group dance, fast-paced and very energetic. Yosakoi is a dance from the city of Kochi, in Shikoku island. It was created in 1954 to boost the country's economy and the cities damaged by the war. Mixing a traditional style with modern moves and energetic rhythms, yosakoi is now danced all over Japan. Yosakoi uses naruko, sorts of wooden instruments that the dancers hold in their hands. Naruko were used to frighten birds away from the rice fields. Yosakoi can also be danced holding a fan or a lantern. The dancers wear any type of clothes, traditional or casual.
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Yosakoi Paris Hinodemai was founded in 2014 to promote the Japanese dance Yosakoi. The team counts more than 20 members from all age. Hinodemai trains twice a week with passion in Paris and performed in various events in France, Japan Expo in Paris and Marseille, but also Arras and Rennes as well as abroad. Hinodemai is proud to have been granted the title of Yosakoi Ambassador Team in 2016.
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