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Hamamatsu GANKO Festival
浜松がんこ祭り

Come to Hamamatsu to see a gathering of about 6,000 dancers from across the nation!


2018 / 3 / 10 sat, 11 sun
10th 10am - 7pm / 11th 10am - 8:30pm
[Place] Around Hamamatsu station

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Ganko-Matsuri of Hamamatsu originates from an arranged version of "Yosakoi", a traditional dance of Kochi prefecture. Teams compete with their original songs and dance moves throughout the festivities. Originally, Yosakoi uses an instrument called a Nariko while dancing, however, in Ganko-Matsuri, instrument choice is not limited to just Nariko. As long as you have an instrument, it's okay! Yosakoi demonstrates the beauty of the Nariko, but even without using it, Hamamatsu adds its own power of other additional instruments!

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The term "Ganko" means "Amazing", "Very" or "Extremely" in the Enshu-area, often used in a positive context. (For example, "It's ganko-hot!", "It's ganko-delicious!" etc.)
"Ganko-Matsuri" gets its name from its burning passion to be the best Matsuri from Hamamatsu. Come and feel the heat!

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Nariko, classified as an instrument today, originates from a farmer's tool used to keep birds away from crops. They used to tie it to a tree, and when the wind came through, it would make a noise that kept birds away.

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http://www.ganko-matsuri.com/ (Japanese)


2018.1.17 update
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