About Yosakoi Soran

Yosakoi Soran dance has a strong influence from the traditional Yosakoi Festival in Kochi prefecture and the traditional Hokkaido fishermen’s song called ‘Soran Bushi’. Naruko (wooden clappers) in dancers’ hands are significant from the Yosakoi Festival. Chanting phrase ‘soran, soran…’ and rowing move are significant from Soran Bushi.

Yosakoi Soran dance was invented by an university student from Hokkaido when he created a new dance festival called ‘Yosakoi Soran Festival’ back in 1992. The festival holds parades and stage shows over 3 days in June. Every summer, thousands of Yosakoi Soran performers of all age groups come from all over Japan and the world. Its highly energetic performance attracts millions of spectators flock to the festival in Sapporo, Hokkaido. In recent years Yosakoi Soran Festival has become known worldwide as one of Japan’s most exemplary festivals.