Yosakoi Paris Hinodemai is a troupe created in 2014 to promote the Japanese sport dance yosakoi. It is currently composed of a dozen members.
Yosakoi Paris Hinodemai trains twice a week in Paris and attends many events all over France, starting with Japan Expo in Paris and Japan Expo Sud in Marseille, and also events in Bordeaux or Rennes, and abroad. The troupe is a member of the Yosakoi European Network and has been distinguished as 2016 Ambassador of Yosakoi by Kochi prefecture, the cradle of yosakoi, along with six other international teams.
What is yosakoi?
Yosakoi is a dance from the city of Kôchi, in Shikoku island. It was created in 1954 to boost the country’s economy and the cities damaged by the war. Mixing a traditional style with modern moves and energetic rhythms, yosakoi is now danced all over Japan.
Yosakoi uses naruko, sorts of wooden instruments that the dancers hold in their hands. Naruko used to be used to frighten birds away from the rice fields. Yosakoi can also be danced holding a fan or a lantern.
The dancers can wear any type of clothes, traditional or casual.