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釜石よいさ Kamaishi-yoisa Kamaishi Yoisa Festival

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Kamaishi Yoisa festival is held in the town of Omachi in Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture. In 1989, the citizens centered on the young people sought something they could do to build an active town and held a festival named “Kamaishi Yoisa,” in which people dance to the newly arranged ohayashi music of the local folk performing art “Tora-no-mai (Tiger Dance),” which itself has been handed down in this area since the Edo period (1603-1868).

The main streets of the city are closed to vehicular traffic in the evening and are full of about 3,000 citizens, who gather together to dance “Kamaishi Yoisa” in teams. After “Kids Yoisa” by kindergarten children and “Yoisa Komachi” by city employees are performed, the “Saki-daiko” drums are played to let the participants know the beginning of the Grand Dance Parade. Then the teams in their original costumes and pulling their own floats start energetically jump and dance in the streets with the powerful call of “Sasa! Yoiyassa!” Even the tourists can join the dance and have fun dancing and jumping with the local people.

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Omachi, Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture 026-0024
Kamaishi Yoisa Festival

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