At the weekend it was the annual Kyoto Yosakoi dance competition. Yosakoi is a type of dance unique to Japan. It originated in Kochi city in 1954 and has gradually spread around Japan. It is a very lively style of dancing mixing traditional and modern together which makes it very fun to watch.
There were seven venues around Kyoto where various universities and dance groups from around Japan competed together. I went to the Botanical Gardens which had the added bonus of lovely sakura. I really enjoyed watching all the dances and, not being biased or anything, but Kyoto Girls University was my favourite. Also their outfits were really nice!
|Kyoto Girls University, don't they look so happy and cheerful!|
|This group were my second favourite. Their routine was great and they were the champions last year.|
|I like that their outfits are similar to those worn in Awa Odori.|