Japanese Folk Dancing featured at 39th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival


The Pan-Pacific Festival is an annual three-day cultural celebration that features an eclectic assortment of cultural arts, crafts, food and stage performances in a variety of settings in and around Waikiki throughout the weekend.

Performances by keiki and grown-ups will include Yosako or Japanese folk dancing.

Performers will also teach attendees at the festival.

The Yosakoi Naruko Odor is a very traditional dance originating in Kochi, Japan.

Everyone who is familiar with Yosakoi generally learns this dance.

One version of the dance uses clappers called Naruko.

Dancers click the Naruko to move to the beat when they dance, the wooden clappers were originally used by farmers to scare away birds from the rice fields.  

Featuring dances and cultural activities from all over the Asia Pacific region, the 39th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival will be held from June 8-10 in Waikiki.

Website: http://www.pan-pacific-festival.com

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