Information from: Yosakoi Shinko-kai
| Team Name ||Number of participations||Notes||A remark||Cast a Vote|
|Growing Company||3||Last year, we had 150 dancers who danced like crazy from the begining to the final party. A total blast! This year will be even wilder-- join us!|
|Central Group||8||Our motto:|
The best from us, and the best to you!
Our practice is SERIOUS!
We are going to get the grand prize again this year. Watch us!
|Arajin||6||In a return to our old style, we are going to be WILD!!!|
Set your soul on fire for three days and nights! Come on baby, light your fire! !
|Team La Classe||3||Check us out! Street Performance by La Classe. Mouthwatering to see. Delightful to hear. Come get your satisfaction, baby! We're bustin' our humps for the 43rd Yosakoi festival. |
Forget competition, child, "La Classe" is here to party!
|Unity Beat||6||Tosa festival IS great 'sake' and a great summer!|
Festival fools get together! This is summertime in Tosa.
3 days in Tosa-- get down!
Before you know it, you'll be groovin' with Unity Beat!
|Shimamura Photo Studio Dance Team||8||Cool tunes like Lenny Cravitz|
|Mukokuseki||8||Memories of last summer.|
Dreams of the next.
This summer, let's drink!
Summer means Mukokuseki Yosakoi.
|Daito Bunka University Kochiites Team||5||Every year college students from all over Japan join us. But we've gone global. Come on foreign students and other foreigners, join in for free!!|
Join Daito Bunka University Team and move into the 21st century.
|Kochi Youth Hostel Team||28||With open hearts and hand in hand, friendship through dancing is our theme.|
Most of the team are Youth Hostel Members.
But you don't have to be! Even folks from outside Kochi are welcome.
Sweat together, and make friends!
|Kochi Seikyo (Co-op)||8||Father and son, with a friend, or by yourself...|
Come one, come all, it's a festival!
Take this chance and make friendship.
Get to know lots of cool people. Everybody is a star.
|JR Shikoku Team||29||A team of JR workers, their families, and friends.|
It's our 10th anniversary! This is our big year. Our dancing's happy, cheerful and fresh.
|Rikujo Jieitai Kochi Chuton-chi||26||This is the 30th anniversary of Kochi Post, The Ground Self-Defence Force.|
We will dance in camouflage again this year.
Last year, we were on TV all over Japan on the program 'Self-Defence Force Tokyo Music Festival '95 (Magnificent March).
|Fujitsu Group||6||From the first, we've kept the motto 'hand made by employees.' Limited time, limited funds, but each dancer is going after the 'good dancer medal.' We'll do our best this year again.|
|Tosa Highschool Class of '46|
|3||It's our 25th anniversary of graduation.|
Papa's got a brand new bag, and so do we! New music, new costumes and a brand new dance.
|Sanuki Odoranna ("why don't you dance" in the Kagawa dialect) Team||3||We've been so busy since last year! We're the talk of Kagawa Prefecture! Command performances like 'kannonji City Zenigata Festival', 'Toyonaka Town Autumn Festival' and so on. thank you very very much! Oh my God! Wallow in sensual pleasure! Dancers galore!|
Great quality! Wave after wave of dancers! We always draw a full house! Hey! What more do you want?
|MEDIA CROSS||6||Your dreams dance. Your hearts dance.|
We aim to connect!
MEDIA CROSS Get way way down-n-funky!
|Tosa Ryo||23||Tosa Ryo is a dorm for college students from Kochi in universities and colleges in Tokyo.|
We're college students! Hey! We've got what it takes!
|Tokyo Shigaku 6 Daigaku Rengo (The United Team of Tokyo 6 Private Universities)||36||We esteem tradition.|
No dancer need be disappointed. You can join us very easily, too.
|TEAM RISE.||3||One time I skipped a year of Yosakoi. Don't know why, but summer weren't nothin' but a yawn. Yeah, dancin's hard work! Bust yer butt, mor'n likely. But ya can't beat it. It's like home! Goin' home again this year. Y'all come on now.|
|BBS Ohashi Dori||43||Last year, we changed our team name into 'BBS Ohashi Dori' and we started a new chapter in Yosakoi history. We got the 'Regional Good Team Prize', too. Don't miss us. We are greater than ever!|
Come on and boogie with us!
|Mokuba||5||Hotter than ever! We are NOW! We are HAPPENINNG! But we're regular folks, so anybody can enjoy us. |
|Ebisu Shibaten Team, Kyomachi|
|40||We are merchants of a typical street arcade shopping area. We bring good luck.|
Forget about economic slumps, forget about bad news. Feel warm with a traditional team like us.
|Asahi Yosakoi Festival |
|35||We still need more dancers, especially Asahi kids.|
|TRUCK Kochi-ken truck|
|6||Our dance expresses 'stillness and action', 'beauty and power' to the evocative musical imagery of wind/ forest/ fire/ mountain|
Enjoy Tosa mid-summer with 'TRUCK'.
|Oyadoren Kochi-ken ryokan & Hotel|
|42||Our main dancers are young women of inn and hotel workers. We've also danced at various sightseeing spots in Kochi.|
ĆuWith our 'Oyadoren Shamisen Band', our music and dance are very Japanese and simple -- cool costume, too.
|Nishiyama Group Kochi Toyo-|
Pet Dancing Team
|40||Last year, everyone said, 'neato!', 'way out!' and 'We've got happy feet!'|
This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of company's foundation. Better than last time, we want to become 'splendid'.
|Meiji Seimei (life insurance company)||8||New music, new dance. We'll be energetic dancers saying 'We love you from Meiji Seimei' |
|Yamada Daiko (Japanese drums)||3||Great Japanese Drums of Yamada shake the earth of Tosa.|
Yosakoi is a harmony of sound and nature. Yamada Daiko always strives to balance traditional Japanese drums and Yosakoi.
|Suga Yosakoi Ren Chibikko|
Team + Little Players
|3||Genki kids will be the main dancers again this year.|
This year's theme is 'The Tropics'!!
You'll see lots of 'Tropical' kids.
|Honiya||5||The joy of 'Matsuri' ("festival") and goodness of 'Wa' ("peace" or "Japanese Style") are expressed in our music and dance. Both dancers and audience can get off on it. We're very relaxed team.|
We welcome you even if you join this Yosakoi for the first time. You're sure to have great times and memories. This year, we are earthy and elegant.
|Beverly Hills||4||Our team consists mainly of general applicants and customers of our shop. We've been getting better year-by-year, and we're back again, better than ever. We want to make the whole festival happy and full.|
|Kochi Shimin Kensho Suishin Kyogikai (Kochi Citizen's Charter propulsion Conference)||21||Anybody can join us in the middle of the festival.|
Every year, we welcome kids, seniors, disabled people, people from outside Kochi...everybody. We wear new paper 'happi'(=costume).
|Asahi Shokuhin (Food Company)||23||This year again, our style is 'wa' ("peace" or "Japanese").|
"Gorgeous and cool" Don't miss Asahi Shokuhin, better than ever.
Prefectural Govenor's Prize
|Kawarunikaaran||debut||We join this first time. Our goal is to make a team for grown-ups to have a good time.|
Our team has a grown-up feel, expressing Tosa men's powerful spirit, and Tosa women's strength and sexiness.
|Kochi Shinbun Hoso Kaikan|
Group(Kochi Newspaper and Broadcasting Hall Group)
|15||Our goal is to make a festival great for dancers, audience and all those who take care of this festival.|
We want to make a team that everybody can join and enjoy.
|Saenba Shotengai (Shopping area) Dancing Team||38||We are dancers from Saenba shopping area.|
|Megane no Miki & Young 'Nu|
|4||Since last year, we've been trying to be a grown-up team. Really!"|
|Kamimachi Yosakoi Naruko Ren||43||From a common shopping area dancing team, we are totally renewed.|
We express Nature in Tosa in our music, dance and costume. We make the festival shine!
|Mitsubishi Jidosha group (Mitsubishi Motorcar Group)||12||Nothing can beat us, not even the bright sun or blue sky or growing trees!|
YOĆI Mitsubishi Dancing team. Summer's hot and so are we. Catch our strut!
|Art Wave||8||Eternal love for summer.|
Great illusion of heat and noise signifying ...?
Ride the Art Wave High -- again!
|Home run||6||Endless history and people's friendship make this festival great.|
We respect that history and add another page to it.
|Shikoku Kaihatsu Group||4||"When in Rome, do as the Romans do" and when in Tosa, boogie on, children!|
We made our dance in the Yoksakoi tradition of 'freedom' and 'creativity.' Enjoy!
|Obiyamachi-suji Dance Team||42||Our goal is to make a laid back and cool team. Our main dancers are young adults from Obiyamachi shopping area.||'89'|
Prefectural Mayor Prize
|NIKE SHOP MODEL||3||We've got legs! And we know how to use them. We're dancers from Lea Shoes Shop.|
And check out the authentic Michael Jordan autographed shoes (the real McCoy!) on the Band truck again this year.
We are going to give Air Max, A. J to a MVP dancer.
|MYCAL||4||We are the two-time defending champions of the Eve Festival Special Prize. |
We also scored big with the regional performance prize last year, too. We're going to do even better this year.
|Royal Takagi (beaty parlor) & Shikoku Kei|
bi Hosho (guardmen company)
|6||We'll kick your booty with our powerful Chinese style. "Everybody wang chung tonight!"|
|Obiyamachi-suji Junior Team||9||we are young kids from Obiyamachi shopping area.|
|debut||Our dance is New York style. Cool & happy.|
|GAIA||debut||Club freak, DJ, dancer and model.|
Our inspiration comes from Goa, India, where the playboys and playgirls from all over the world gather and party down.
We'll show you what one of their private beach parties is like. Experience our Goa bliss.
|Irimajiri Group Dancing Team||31||Dancers and staff are Irimajiri employees and their families.|
We dance and sing with the Yosakoi original tune 'Yosakoi Sakura Bushi'
|Kochi Gakuen Tandai and Kochi |
|25||We have to study, you know, so we don't have a lot of time for practice. But hey, we give it our best shot for the glory of our school!|
|Shikokuk Bank||42||This is our 42nd year of participation and from the start, we have embodied original and traditional dance.|
Women wear 'Shugegaza' (a special bamboo hat) and play the 'Naruko' (wooden clappers). It's our goal to pass on traditional Naruko Odori to the next generation.
|Nikkyoso Teacher's Union, Kochi Branch||4||Our music is our union song, of course, and we carry our union mark on the back of our happi. We dance in the spirit of solidarity.|
|Kochi Perfecture Construction Association||3||The KCPA is full of youth, vigor and life. Our policy is to protect the environment and harmonize the town with the wild.|
|Mikazuki Daini Kindergarden||15||Ninja from the forest of Fukui dancing team|
|Kochi-ken ritsu Jissen Nogyou Daigakko (Kochi Prefectural Practical Agricultural College)||15||Our motto is 'Have fun & be happy'. Dance happily in summer. We are trying new things, too.|
Feel our passion. We go way beyond last year's 'monkey' shtick. Look forward to it.
|Rissho Koseikai||31||Rhythmical and pop music, opposite of traditional Japanese dancing. Parents and kids will dance together.|
Beat the heat by checking out our cool smiles and bright costumes.
|Godaisan Kodomo-kai Dancing Team||5||Hey, kids! Don't let the heat get you down! Party On! Older kids lead younger ones. Make your body strong enough to kick the winter flu right away.|
You can't miss 'Yosakoi Naruko' in summer. Keep rhythm in childhood.
|Kochi Daimaru||40||Enterprise Group consists of employees of Kochi Daimaru.|
Rhythmical and organized dancing is our goal.
|Tompu CELEBRATIONS||3||Tompu CELEBRATIONS will make not only dancers but also audience smile...|
|Mikazuki Yochien (kindergarden)||14||Our happi is very cute --highlighted by bandanas and tights (spatts). Kids dance happily in fashionable costumes.|
We put a rhthmical Samba beat to the Micky Mouse March.
|Hitachi Team||7||Joining regional summer festivals has been our Hitachi Group's big summer event. We've been having fun.|
|JA Kochi-city||7||We want to make this team ageless for members of JA & their families. At home and happy.|
|Yubin-kyoku Team (Postal Office Team)||12||Our motto is 'Postal officers living in your town' and we have been participating various events in various towns. We walk with your town in the spirit of community.|
|Kokusai Design College ( College of International Design)||4||Embodying our school's uniqueness, everything, from planning, designing, and producing is all hand made. Our goal is to make it ourselves and make everybody join in and dig our groove. |
Stay tuned and check out our music and truck!
|Nihon Seimei Kochi Shisha (Nihon Life Insurance Company Kochi branch)||18||We, the 'Nissei dancing team,' value our friendship and connection with each other.|
Maintaining tradition, we also have a new style, and everybody has fun. Cheer us on.
|Kurumi Yochien (kindergarden)||17||Blow this hot summer away with kids' joyful voices!|
|Nomura Shoken, Kochi Branch ||32||Our dancing is classic. Enjoy the timeless Yosakoi festival.|
|Kochi Fukushi Senmon-gakko(Kochi College of Welfare)|
Shikoku Iryo Kogaku Senmon-gakko (Shikoku Medical and Technical College)
|6||The music, the dancing, the costumes, we did it all! And we're just students! Ha! watch us shine!!!|
Misato Yochien (kindergarden)
|16||It is a combined team of younger kids and older ones. Parents help a lot by making costumes.|
ENNOKYO Tosa Kyokai
|10||New threads! Check out our Japanesey long happi coats.|
Our dancing runs from 'traditional' to 'jazz dance' to 'hip-pop'. It's the hardest dance in our 10-years of Yosakoi.
|Noichi Dancing Team ||14||We have a live band truck this year done up like Yatai-boat. Our dance was designed by Mr. Ichiya Bando from Nihon buyo Bando-ryu, a traditional Japanese dancing society. |
|Tsukushi||16||Our team consists of kids organized by the staff of our child care center.|
|Senshu Daigaku Kochi Kenjinkai (Senshu Univ. Kochiites)||24||Senshu University means green and we've got your green right here!! Rhythm and youth in your face.|
|Kochi Gakusei team (Students' team)||debut||Students' hand-made music and dancing. We are the fresh spirit tomorrow.|
|Kochi-shi Koto Kango Gakuin (City's nursing school)||16||A co-ed team, our costume is dark blue happi with the word "Nursing" in white on the back.|
Yes, we SAMBA.
Our truck's theme is the smile of nurses.
|Kochi-shi Gairo Ichi Kumiai Rengokai (Union of city street markets)||33||Refined traditional performance.|
|High-way Ren||6||Check out the dudes' costume--the black of Kochi's pacific current and the blue of Kochi's sky. The chics are in road sign orange-- you bet you'll look! (It's one of the image colors of Japan Highway Public Corperation.)|
Dancers are from 9 year olds to folks in their 50s. Our dancing is easy enough for anybody!
|NTT Kochi Group||31||Our costume is mustard yellow and blue. Also our Yosakoi-bushi is bright and refleshing. Our truck is decorated with 'Multi-media guy, Musashi Miyamoto, the two-sworded samurai guy in the NTT commercials. Dancing design is in the Bando-ryu style as last year. We love to dance.|
|Kochi-shi Kodomo-kai rengo-kai (City Kids' United Association)||19||We reved up our fun and perky dancing. We are a little different from last year. Don't miss us!|
|7||We explode with creativity and power.|
|Daio Group||10||We are the Daio Group|
|Kochi Daigaku Nanmei Ryo (Kochi Univ. Student Dorm)||13||We rock and roll with our own band. Catch our signature costume and dance.|
|Kochi tanki Daigaku (Kochi Junior College)||12||It's just a little bit different from last year.|
|Suginoko 3 kindergarden Chibikko Team||12||Kids become lions. Grrr!|
|Kinki Daigaku Koyukai Kochi Shi|
bu(Kinki Univ. alumni)
|debut||Our alumni Kochi branch has opened. Our team is brand new and friendly team. Anybody, young or old, can join and dance and have fun.|
|Tosa Sameura||4||We are cross-section from small village. We can't dance like crazy, but we're a peppy bunch!|
We have a log-filled truck 'cause we're from the logging community of Tosa-cho.
New costumes, too. Check us out.
|Kamobe Sumire Kodomo-kai (kids' club)||27||Kamobe sumire Kodomo-kai rules!|
|Musical 'Ekin'||debut||November 3rd and 4th, a musical 'Ekin' will open at Orange Hall. Our dance team is made up of our actors and actresses. The instructor and composer of the musical will take part too. Hand-made costume and truck--not flashy but very sharp and well done.|
|Kansai Chiku Daigaku Rengo (Kansai area United Universities Team)||28||This team made up of students from 8 different universities inn Kansai, so we wear 8 different costumes to reflect that. We came up with our own music and dancing.|
|Kochi Ginko||42||We are Kochi Bank.|
|YONDEN||36||Our theme is 'return to the roots' We're reviving traditional dancing that anyone can do so that everybody can have a good time'. Come see the revival. We are planning a progressive Yosakoi with that basic idea.|
|5||We're back after 6 years. A new generation of dancers has arrived and we are reborn. Look, Ma! We're freshmen again!|
Our theme is 'Katsurahama with the moon and Ryoma Sakamoto'. Catch at our Samurai performance.
|Tosajoshi women's Jr. College||2||All the Tosajoshi women prepared the costumes, truck and dancing...etc.|
|Kansai-chiku Daigaku Yosakoi Do|
|debut||Middle-aged hipsters from United Universities in Kansai cut a rug! In Yosakoi, we relive our student days. This is our youth!|
|Twins' Brand||debut||No, you're not seeing double, we're twins ages 1-year-old to elementary school plus parents. So each set of twins wears the same costume, to kind of keep things straight. We formed this group to make memories for the kids (Yosakoi in the next century depend much on them) and to advertise Twins' Brand, a twin-raising circle.|
|Kochi Shiyakusho Dancing Team (City Office)||43||Male: happi, female: yukata. Traditional good ol' Yosakoi. |
|Umegatsuji Chonai Dancing Team||32||We designed our team based on red and black, invoking the bright Japanese summer.|
|Nihon Daigaku ||8||Nihon University team returnes to Yosakoi after 5 tears.,|
Our members are mainly Nihon University graduates and students. It's hot and happy team. Our happi is pink, which is a school color, with our emblem on the back. We turned a traditional Japanese tune into pop. We are a speedy young team.
|Takasu Kodomo -kai Rengo-kai (kids' association)||5||Kids decorated the truck. Look at each one of their hand prints.|
We dance in the sun with power and energy like sunflowers.
|Motoyama-cho Sakura||18||We are proud of our own crafted costume, music and dancing.|
|Minsho Group||8||Yosakoi with a hot Latin rhythm!|
|Kochi Shinyo Kinko||12||We are Kochi Credit Union.||'95'|
|BARST||debut||We are BARSTing at the seems to get out there and dance!|
|Kyoto Gakusei 'Yume Oji'||debut||We, "The Dream Street Dancers," want to maintain the flavor of Kyoto. Traditional gracefulness of Kyoto mixed with students full of power...They live in our music and dancing. We got together for Kochi people to see new Kyoto.|
|Otsu Kodomo-kai Naruko Odori|
|10||Happi's basic color is green, our club color. On the back, a happy face.|
|Sei+C-NAS||2||Our beauty shines in Yosakoi's bright atmosphere.|
We're students and we're going for it!
|Kochi Kencho Team (Prefectural Office)||39||Very traditional good old Yoskoi Naruko dancing in the Wakayagi Ryu style.|
|Kochi Daigaku Nissho-Ryo Dancing Team (Student's Dorm)||31||Two kinds of dancing. Music with the dance is outstanding.|
|Sara||debut||Energetic youth in hot burning summer!|
Pop Idol costume!
|SEEDS||debut||This team consists of only highschool students.|
Highschool students planned, managed, made the costumes, music, truck decoration, dancing design and ...everything!
We bring a Green message to Kochi and hand out seeds along the way! Seed Power!
|Kochi Kogyo-senmon-gakko (technical college)||14||We're a little concerned that our dancing can't catch up with high speed music. But fear not! We know we can do it with out youth. Check out a reborn Kochi-Kosen.|
|Aki Kodomo-kai rengo-kai (kids' club)||5||Rock music and the truck decorated with neon are cute.|
|Amagasaki Buzen-kai||24||Our dance is close to traditional Naruko Odori, but it's a crowd pleaser to both young and old alike.|
Last year, we couldn't participate this festival because of Hanshin Great earthquake, but this year, we're back with the motto: 'Friendship Naruko with the young and the young at heart.'
|Hokkaido Godo Team||4||We are the executive comittee of YOSAKOI SORAN (a powerful festival tune of Hokkaido) FESTIVAL.|
|Kensetsusho Kochi Jimusho (Ministry of Construction, Kochi)||4||Costume: The emblem on the back of our happi means river stream and ocean big wave, and also means power and energy for the development of Kochi|
music: gentle, sometimes wild, samba beats the heat of summer nights.
truck: the Ministry of Construction takes care of river, road and ocean construction. So the design of truck reflects bridges and tunnels, rivers and oceans.
|Sunny Group||14||We bring you the future of the Yosakoi Festival.|
|Sa-sa Yotchore Odoroyo|
|2||ĆuBasically, a festival is something open to everybody. So anybody, wearing any old costume, from anywhere can join. Come on and join us if want to dance!|
|Gokuraku Tombo||debut||We are Gokuraku Tombo. (Happy dragonfly)|
|Mitsuishi Naruko-kai||debut||costume: Reversible. One side is a livery coat design with and 'Good fishing flag'. This is a big scene of our performance.|
truck: in the image of a fishing boat of northern Japan.
dancing: We are not professionals, but, hey! we're pretty good! Feel the drama.
Hokkaido, Mitsuishi-cho. That's where we are from.
|Sumitomo Seimei Dancing Team||6||We are We are sumitomo Seimei (life insurance company) Dancing Team.|
|Kanou Kensetsu||3||We are Kanou Kensetsu (construction company).|
| (GUEST PARTICIPATION)|
Miyazaki Furusato-matsuri Senden
|debut||Creative dance: 'Samba Imogara-bokuto' by students of Miyazaki University. This music is a Samba arrangement of a Miyazaki Prefecture folk song.|
| (GUEST PARTICIPATION)|
Daikan Minkoku Minzoku Geino 'Sam Runori'
|debut||We wear bright colorful Korean folk costume and sing a Korean folk song using drums and bells.|
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