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Super Yosakoi 2010 – Where Tradition meets Modernism

Last weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the annual Super Yosakoi festival. For me, this festival has always been an interesting opportunity to photograph the young and the old, the modern and the traditional, the past and the present, and where the colors and the music dazzle the senses. Yosakoi started in Kochi as a competitive response to neighboring Tokushima’s famous Awaodori festival and the Super Yosakoi brings the festival to Tokyo to pay respect to the Emperor Meiji. Two days of performances during the 35 degree plus heat by over 6000 dancers and 98 teams including teams from Ghana, Vietnam and South Korea enchanted the audience who encouraged the participants to do their best. Smiles and tears of both joy and sadness marked the closing of another successful year and the end of a long, hot summer.

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