Yosakoi has enjoyed another successful semester of genki fun! After traveling to Japan over the summer, the fall semester started out with a blast. As classes at K-State began, Yosakoi was already receiving emails and calls about performing for various events. Practices started as soon as classes got underway, and the team worked really hard to get back in shape and also train the new members that had recently discovered Yosakoi dancing. The first major performance was as the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival, held at Johnson County Community College in Kansas City, KS. Yosakoi was one of many performers at the event and were very well-received at the festival. There was even a performance of Denver Taiko to enjoy as a part of this festival.
After the success of the KC Japan Festival, the team continued its hard work in practice to learn more dances and prepare for Oztoberfest in Wamego, KS. Oztoberfest was a celebration of culture to which the Yosakoi dancers were invited. As a part of the event, the dancers were also permitted entrance to the Oz museum. Not only did the performers get the opportunity to teach others about their culture, but they also picked up a bit of Kansas culture on the way!
The Yosakoi Japanese dance team has enjoyed many successful performances this semester, including some fun parties. A great Halloween party was held at the Union for the Yosakoi dancers; what a great chance to hang out! There was also a terrific Winter party for one last chance to hang out socially before winter break. The dancers are very excited for the events coming up in the spring, and also in planning for the second trip to Japan this summer!!