This summer Zyka is very active, preparing for our trip to Japan. Last weekend we had our first summer training camp. We stayed out in the countryside in tents, that after some first doubt worked well. In three days we had a total of 23 hours of practise! We mostly danced the parade but did some stage and flag practise as well. It was really useful to have such intensive training. As usual when we have a camp we had more meticulous training than we normally do, going into detail and dancing over and over and over again.
The funniest special practise we had was, in my opinion, when we danced the parade several times in a row to practise for the parades we will dance in Koochi. In those parades we will dance “Hatsuyuki” 5 to 15 times in a row – in 40 degrees heat and sunshine! Now we “only” danced it 9 times in a row. But we danced down to the beach and went swimming, which was great because of the heat. We also danced the parade together with the flag for the first time and it worked really well. Even though we must have danced Hatsuyuki a thousand times by now it’s still fun!
The evenings were spent with fun activities. The first night we watched a film about when our sister team in Japan, Zaccu Baran, went to a yosakoifestival in Hamamatsu. After that we watched “Kimi ga odouru natsu” (“You Dance with the Summer”), a japanese film about yosakoi, the koochi festival and dreams. It was very sentimental and good, and it was extra cool to see stuff about the Koochi festival since we are going there soon. Hopefully we will be able to see the team that danced in the film live in Koochi! They are called Honya and are one of Japan’s best teams.
The second night we had presentations about different topics, which we had prepared in advance. We spoke two and two about yosakoi historiy, famous yosakoi teams in Japan and yosakoi teams in other countries than Japan. Oushou and Peanuts had a presentation about how to behave at a festival, both for our own sake and for other’s: Remember to drink water, to be polite etc. It was all very informative.
All in all it was a very fun, tough and instructive camp. Nice weather, lost of dancing and having fun together. Next stop: Japan!