Super Yosakoi 2012

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Super Yosakoi 2012

The final weekend of August is a good time for dancing in the streets, with major festivals occurring in Koenji, Asakusa and Harajuku. The original yosakoi dance started life in Kochi in 1954, where it was intended to help revitalise the struggling post-war economy, and Tokyo's own Super Yosakoi festival has been going for just over a decade now. The event sees 90-odd teams of brightly attired dancers try to outdo each other as they strut their stuff to the rhythm of the naruko, a type of clapper that the people of Kochi originally used to scare birds away from their fields.