Send the International Yosakoi Team to Kochi 2019

Update posted by Kochi 2019 On Nov 08, 2018

It’s time to introduce you an essential ingredient of yosakoi performances in the Kochi Matsuri – the jikatasha music truck! The jikatasha (地方車) is so many things in one, and so much more than the sum of its parts.

Before the dancers even grace the stage, the jikatasha has taken pride of place at the front of the parade. The MC clears his throat, takes the microphone, and raises his eyes to a sea of dancers and audience members, their faces expectant. On the back of the jikatasha, the whole world can see him, and he can see the whole world.

The guitar thrums, the bass throbs, the MC sings out to the crowd. The jikatasha lurches forward and the performance begins!


(I’m really sorry for that corny poetic description, but I couldn’t really convey it in any other way!)

The jikatasha is a rolling musical stage on the back of a truck, and the pumping heart of the yosakoi team’s performance. It carries gigantic portable generators that supply electricity to a huge array of lights and powerful speakers.


Every jikatasha is lovingly decorated in each team’s design for that performance, often using the same elements and colours as the dancers’ costumes. It introduces the team's concept before the team even starts dancing, and also has space to convey the team’s name and major supporters.

And finally, perched at the top of the jikatasha, on a ready-made platform, is the yosakoi team’s band and cheer squad! They work their magic to inspire the team and audience alike to enjoy each performance with their full energy. The music has to be loud, to be heard over other teams' jikatasha and ensure that every member in the team can hear clearly, right down to the back row of the parade. For the people dancing in the front row it's like a rock concert right in your face!


To view a yosakoi parade from the back of a jikatasha is an experience like no other.

Actually, the reason we’re introducing the jikatasha is because it is the major goal of this crowdfunding campaign. It’s the largest single expense for any yosakoi team, easily exceeding ten thousand US dollars.

We really appreciate your support and donations, they’ll go directly towards constructing this fabulous vehicle. When our jikatasha is built, you’ll be the first to know, we can’t wait to show you more about the jikatasha in future posts!


- Will

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Update posted by Daniel Rolandi On Nov 06, 2018

Naruko are an essential prop in yosakoi dance. Dancers hold one of these wooden clappers in each hand and during the dance they are used to make 'clack' sounds in time with the music.

The traditional design has a red body with black-yellow-black stripes on the three loose clapping tines on both sides of the naruko (called bachi). More stylized naruko can have various colors, bachi on only one face (called kata naruko), or even more intricate designs including logos burned onto its side.


It is said that historically naruko were used to scare away crows and other pests from rice fields. If used correctly, they can make quite a loud noise -- it scares away my roommate's cat easily!

Ito Yosakoi (San Francisco)

There are various ways to hold a naruko. However you hold them, you'll need to hold tight so you don't drop them in the middle of the dance! When that happens, dancers usually pretend nothing happened, keep smiling and carry on with the dance!

In Kochi, there are many shops that sell naruko in various design! Where I live (California, USA), you can find naruko in DAISO, a Japanese chain store. You should check out your nearest Japanese store -- you might find some!

- Daniel

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Update posted by Will Breedon On Nov 04, 2018
#1 - And we're live!


Hello and welcome!

We're so excited to have kicked off the campaign to bring the dream of the 2019 International Yosakoi Team to life! Thank you for being here with us.

If this campaign succeeds, almost 100 dancers from over 13 countries the world want to converge as part of the team in Kochi, in Japan, to dance in the famed Kochi Yosakoi Matsuri. And you're going to play a vital part in achieving this.

This campaign's goal is to raise $5,000 USD, which will go towards constructing the 'Jikatasha' music truck. The jikatasha is the centrepiece of the Yosakoi team and the largest single expense. It leads the team with colour, lights and music. Keep following our campaign and we'll shortly give you a full explanation of what exactly the jikatasha is, and how important it is to the team!

It's great to have you here, to be with us at the very start of the campaign, and we want you to stay with us to the very end. Every donation counts, so we want to inspire you to learn about us, and our mission.

Over the next 90 days, we're going to keep you updated on the progress of the campaign, including major milestones, team introductions, and fascinating explanations into the components that make up this unique dance called Yosakoi.

Finally, we'd like to introduce ourselves, as the volunteers behind the campaign. There are over six of us managing the project. This includes tweaking the website, designing the graphics, researching for content and crafting the posts!

We'll share more about ourselves over the coming weeks, so you can see the people behind the project. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected]. We're only too happy to assist with more information and guidance.

We can't wait to share our story with you, and give you a glimpse into how your donation and support will bring it all together.

- Will


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