The rest of the photos from Japan. Going from the first day of the festival until the return to Sweden. If you want to see the photos from the first part of the trip click here.
Morning of the 10th of August, the first day of the festival, was busy with preparations. Here Park getting her hair done.
And here it is done!
Some members of the International tea-group at Kouchi University helped out as staff during the festival.
Park and Guntai in the bus, waiting for our first performance.
WHOlock in the bus with one of our flags on her shoulder.
Guntai and Sesshu.
Park and Guntai.
Group shot with two of the girls in Trump.
First time seeing the finished truck carrying our speakers, drinks, Satsui as well as lots of other stuff.
Tanuki, one of our older dancers.
The first parade!
Peanuts and Oushou during a radio interview they did.
Some of our dancers waiting for it to be our turn to dance.
Guntai during stage practice.
WHOlock, Iruka?, Park and Guntai.
Zyka’s oldest and youngest members, Komachi and Iruka?, in the bus between two parades.
Zyka’s first members, Peanuts and Oushou, in the bus.
Our badass members, Park and Guntai, in the bus.
Our best flag-team, WHOlock and Amigu, in the bus.
Sesshu and our wonderful staff, Manager-san and Satsui, in the bus.
Mendel, our guest dancer from Zaccu Baran.
The storm winds are building up.
The humans fighting against the forces of nature.
Amigu and Park waiting for the next parade to start.
Nacchan, the youngest participant in our group, and Lee-san, a Korean exchange student.
Iruka? and Guntai.
Katsuta, Shou, Hikaru, Mendel and Maru. Shou and Maru where in-charge of the big flag in the back of the parade.
Manager-san, who carried our things and made sure we got enough water even if it meant she had to fight for it.
Second day of the festival, here the students from Kouchi University who danced with us and helped out as staff.
Katsuta with a cicada he caught.
Not quite sure cicadas are meant for eating.
Time for live MC! Here Oushou on top of the truck.
Ready to start.
Park went with spikes in her hair for the second day.
Peanuts getting interviewed by TV.
Amigu and WHOlock running for the jump as the storm begins.
You can never take too many group shots in Japan.
And another one.
Komachi was photographed for her costume, we think, while standing on a thing that turned around so they could take photos from all angels.
Oushou in front of the truck before the first stage performance.
You can dance yosakoi no matter what age you are. Here some children from a team we passed by on the street.
Zyka during a break, in search of food.
Parade with Kouchi castle in the background.
Oushou and Guntai with two of the girls from Trump.
Probably the shortest parade we did, and the only one we did in a circle.
At one place we were suddenly informed that we could only dance in two lines instead of the four we usually do. Somehow we managed to do it even if we were unprepared.
Our last parade in the festival, though we didn’t know it at the time.
Along the streets people were sitting eating their dinner while watching.
Oushou with two of the younger girls in Trump while waiting for the bus to arrive.
And of course, a group shot.
On the 12th our part of the festival was over so we spent the day watching other teams perform. Park meet a dancer with almost the same hairstyle as she had the previous day. Later on we also went to see him perform.
It took some running but some of us managed to see Honiya perform on the main parade stage.
Kunpei Izumi, whom we had the chance to greet at the Honiya store noticed us in the audience. We were very happy to get a chance to see him, and the rest of Honiya, perform live.
Some of the dancers in Honiya.
Honiya is one of the best teams in Kouchi and as expected their performance was really good.
Torukku, another really good team we saw.
One of the teams had a very small flag dancer. He was very cute, very serious in his dancing.
in the evening it was at last time to break up the group as we went of in different directions. Kikuchi-sensei, a professor from Kouchi University who helped us a lot, came to send us of.
And with one last group shot we officially closed Zyka’s part of the Japan trip. The organisers, here in the front line holding blue cards, received thank you cards with amazing drawings in them from the others.
While one group headed to Tokyo the rest remained for some more hours. Here Komachi, Guntai, Peanuts and WHOlock on Harimaya bridge, a bridge voted to one of the most disappointing bridges in Japan.
WHOlock, and Sesshu, took part in a performance called “Minna de yosakoi project” with dancers from many different teams. Iruka? and Oushou were supposed to take part as well but as the performance was moved due to the typhoon they weren’t able to.
On the 18th of August all except Guntai and Peanuts, meet up in Osaka to head home. But before going to the airport we went to Sweets paradise, a cake buffet. Here WHOlock and Satsui.
Iruka? resting for a bit after eating.
Komachi enjoying some soft ice cream.
And of course you can leave Japan without doing Purikura, photo boots where you get to decorate the photos. Here Oushou, Iruka?, WHOlock and Komachi.
It can be quite fun.
Iruka? helping Park and Amigu with their nail-painting while waiting for it to be time to go to the airport.
The view from Osaka station just was we were about to leave.
And finally, back in Sweden. And without loosing any of our luggage as well!