Late August is always a good time for dancing in the streets, with many major festivals happening around this time of year. The Yosakoi dance originated in Kochi prefecture in 1954, where it was intended to help revitalise the struggling post-war economy. Tokyo's very own Super Yosakoi festival, while relatively new, has been going on for over two decades now.
The massive event sees 79-odd teams of brightly attired dancers trying 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.
The dance performances take place at various locations within the Harajuku/Shibuya area. But if you only see one thing, make sure it’s the massive parade along the tree-lined Omotesando avenue on Sunday from 11.10am to 4.15pm.
Stage performances will be held at Yoyogi Park from 10am to 7.15pm on Saturday and until 5.30pm on Sunday. There are also smaller parades along the road between NHK Hall and Yoyogi National Gymnasium around the same time.
At the Yoyogi no Mori Bon-Odori venue (5-68-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya), you can enjoy Yosakoi performances from 11am to 4.30pm on Saturday and until 4pm on Sunday.
For more information, check the map (in Japanese only).