Keeping the beat in the Japanese heat

Keeping the beat in the Japanese heat

The 64th edition of the festival wrapped up on Saturday. 64 teams took part in this year’s contest at four locations in Kochi City.

The mercury hit 36 degrees Celsius but the dancers braved the heat and gave high-energy performances. They kept the beat going with small wooden clappers called naruko.

A 27-year-old dancer said she was taking part in the contest for the first time. She said it was so much fun and she felt as if she could burn off the summer heat.

An awards ceremony took place in the evening. For a finale, all the participants joined in one last Yosakoi Naruko dance.