Photo report: The 25th Yosakoi Soran Festival - enthusiastic performances!

“Yosakoi Soran Festival” was held from June 8th to 12th in 2016, and 28,000 people gathered to dance from in and out Hokkaido including overseas. 2016 was the 25th anniversary, and celebration ceremony was held. This article reports the expression of dancers with photographs! 



The festival started in 1992, just ten teams and 1,000 people

“Yosakoi Soran Festival” began in 1992 with just ten teams, 1,000 dancers, and 200,000 audiences. Today, it has become one of the biggest events in Hokkaido, with 30,000 dancers and two million audiences. In 2016, the 25th anniversary year, 280 teams and 28,000 people were involved as dancers.


Who was the first prize winner of 2016? Here are the winners’ performances! 

Enjoy the photographs of performances by dancers of “Yosakoi Soran Festival” in 2016!










“Yosakoi Soran Festival” is going to be held in early June in 2017. If you want to be involved, look for dancer recruitment in the official website. The official website also supports to build teams. To those dancers who participated in this event from in and outside of Japan, especially those of you who came from far away, I assume there needed a lot of work for transportation and organizing the schedule of your work. Thank you for your hard work! 

Related Links

- Yosakoi Soran Festival official website