The Tokyo Yosakoi Festival 東京よさこい


Tokyo Yosakoi is organized by four shop associations in the Ikebukuro Station West Exit area in October each year as the latter half of the Fukuro Matsuri (Ikebukuro Festival), which started in 1968. More than 100 teams participate from across Japan to show their yosakoi dance routine accompanied by energetic chanting.

The music is based on a song called Yosakoi and blended with excerpts of local folk songs, such as Tokyo Ondo. Other highlights are an exhibit of tourism products from friendship cities and booths run by sponsors. Enjoy the prided festival of Toshima-ku.

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