Sapporo, the city of snow during winter, becomes lush with green in June.
In this city, the amazing festival YOSAKOI Soran is held in and around Menuki Street and Odori Park.
This festival began in 1992. Its roots lie in the Yosakoi Festival of Kochi prefecture and is a unique blend that incorporates Yosakoi’s original percussion instrument naruko, and Hokkaido’s folk song Soran-bushi. Both the instrument and the folk song are famous on their own and known by every Japanese native. The dancers at this festival are clad in colorful costume and move to the rhythm of Soran-bushi while ringing their naruko. As for the YOSAKOI Soran dance, as long as there is a naruko in hand and Soran-bushi phrase mixed in, anything goes. Local residents of all ages enjoy dance, music, costume and performances that vary as much as there are teams.
With over 270 teams, 27,000 participants and nearly 2,000,000 festival goers, this festival is spreading past the borders of Hokkaido and Japan to all reaches of the world and continues to spread across generations..