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Thu, Jul 11, 12:30pm1:30pm

Adults and children of UZUMARU front-facing, happily yelling and smiling, wearing colorful attire, holding up parasols and fans, with a large off-white flag behind them
Thu, Jul 11
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Great Lawn, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
San Francisco, CA + Google Map
(415) 543-1718


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Yosakoi is often described as a traditional Japanese dance, but in a nation where there are nearly a dozen companies that have been performing for more than a thousand years it’s actually surprisingly modern. Born in the southern prefecture of Kochi in the mid-1950s, yosakoi (which means whirlpool or circle) quickly spread around the country and is now performed at festivals and events across Japan. Blending traditional choreography with modern and folk music, the dance is usually performed by large multi-generational teams of colorfully costumed men and women who accompany their swirling choreography with wooden clackers called naruko. With some 40 members between the ages of seven and 64, Uzumaru is a yosakoi team from San Jose’s Japantown launched by Ikumi Sekiguchi in 2017 shortly after she moved to the South Bay from Japan. 



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