Well, hey there.
I've been busy.
And it's been glorious.
|And maybe creepy.|
Two weeks ago was Sapporo's annual Yosakoi Soran festival. Depending on who you ask, Yosakoi was 'invented' in Kochi back in the 1950's. It's a modern take on traditional Japanese dance, and is incredibly energetic and colorful. Apparently some students from the Hokkaido college in Sapporo saw this style of dance, thought it was bad-ass, formed a team in Hokkaido and preformed for the rest of the people on Hokkaido, who agreed on the bad-assness of it all.
Since then, Sapporo has held the Yosakoi Soran festival, one of the biggest Yosakoi festivals in Japan. Throughout the week, teams from all over Japan come and compete against each other, dancing all over Sapporo. On the last day, the finals are held and broadcast on TV.
It's a fun week of music, dancing, and just...the colors, duke.
Last week was also equally as adventurous, but for different reasons. Hopefully I'll be able to write about it within the week. Until then!