On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan, Nakama Yosakoi, a dance group sponsored by the UNESCO Information Centre under the Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations, was invited to perform at the festival. They were the only foreign team among more than 100 local groups.
Nakama Yosakoi was established to provide a platform for Yosakoi enthusiasts in Vietnam and to promote people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.
During the festival, the 24-member group performed a dance called “Irodori” (Colouring), which was inspired by the Vietnamese fairy tale “Cong va Qua” (A peacock and a crow). Their performance received enthusiastic applause from the audience.
The group had previously participated in the 15th Harajuku Omotesando Super Yosakoi Genki Matsuri Festival in 2015, where they won the “Outstanding Newcomer” Award. This annual festival in Tokyo celebrates the traditional Yosakoi dance of Kochi prefecture and attracts over 100 teams with more than 5,000 dancers. It is expected to draw nearly 1 million visitors this year.