iN HAMAMATSU.COM | Recommend | Hamamatsu GANKO Festival

Auto translation system available for other languages.

IN HAMAMATSU.COM Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan Visitor Guide

IN HAMAMATSU.COM Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan Visitor Guide Hamamatsu

Hamamatsu GANKO Festival

Come to Hamamatsu to see a gathering of dancers from across the nation!

This event will be cancelled in 2020.
March 13 (Sun), 2022
10am ~ 5pm
[Place] Around Hamamatsu Castle Park
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!
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!
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.
2022.2.1 update
Content may be subject to change after publication. Please also note that we are not accountable for loses and damages that may occur as a result of said changes.