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Hamamatsu GANKO Festival

Come to Hamamatsu to see a gathering of about 6,500 dancers from across the nation!

This event will be cancelled in 2020.
March 14 (Sat), 15 (Sun), 2019
14th 10am - 7pm / 15h 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)
2020.2.26 update
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