A bit late of an update but…
On the 17th and 18th of October the long-awaited YEN camp took place in Trosa in Sweden, and with that came the YEN Mini Yosakoi Festival that was held on the 18th.
The festival was held in Folkets hus in Trosa. When the guests arrived they could enjoy both yosakoi photos exhibited on the walls and some Japanese festival snacks. The tickets and snacks was handled by our beautiful staff, many thanks to you! The guests also had the chance to speak to the dancers who were out mingling before the dancing started Many took the chance to ask about the dance and the different teams there.
(All the beautiful photos in this post is taken by Tomoya Suzuki)
Manager-san selling Japanese snacks to the guests. Photo by Tomoya Suzuki
Naruko from different teams (both present and not present) on display. Photo by Tomoya Suzuki
And then it was time for the main event, dancing! Zyka started out by presenting Bankuramou for the first time ever. We were all nervous but the audience enjoyed it so that’s all good.
Bankuramou with Zyka. Photo by Tomoya Suzuki.
After that followed a mix of sou-odoris, danced by all teams together, and team performances, with just one team.
Sou-odori. Photo by Tomoya Suzuki
It was an exciting day with lots and lots of fun. While it was a bit tiring dancing so many dances at the same event we got a lot of energy from each other and the audience. It was a great experience to dance so many dancers together, and all with different styles. Some of Zyka’s members experienced a larger team during the Japan project but even then the different languages hindered communication for many. And our new members had never experienced any other team then Zyka before the meet-up. So it was an important, and fun, experience for all of us which we hope to repeat again.
All of the dancers. Photo by Tomoya Suzuki
Where will the next meet-up be? We are already looking forward to it!
On the 17-18th of October YEN will hold the second meet-up, this time hosted by Zyka in Trosa. For two days we will dance, talk yosakoi and have fun together. It has been half a year since the first meet-up and those of us who participated then are exited to meet each other again, and for the rest excited to finally meet more yosakoi loving people.
The meet-up will also bring Europe’s first Yosakoi festival, YEN Mini Yosakoi Festival, which will take place in Trosa on the 18th of October. This will be a unique chance to see the yosakoi teams from Europe and experience many different kinds of yosakoi! Three of the European teams will take part in the meet-up and the festival, Raiden yosakoi, Yosakoi Hinodemai Paris and Sakuramai Poland. We will both perform together and as teams.
And most of all, for Zyka the festival will be the first time we present our new dance Bankuramou! Don’t miss it!
The festival will take place at Folkets Hus Trosa on the 18th of October 12.00 o’clock.
100kr for and adult50kr for children up to 12.
You can either buy tickets at the book-store in Trosa or here.
Find out more about the festival on the facebook event!
For almost two years we have danced Hatsuyuki. It has been a bit over one and a half year since the very first performance at NärCon Vinter 2014. It has taken us to Japan, taken us through Danskarusellen and have been performed at the very first YEN meet-up.
Hatsuyuki was the first performance we created from scratch and it has taught us a lot as well as given us many amazing opportunities. We have laughed over it, fought over it, cried. For almost all our members Hatsuyuki was the first experience of a team yosakoi performance.
But all good things must sometime come to an end for new things to start. This past Saturday, on the 29th of August, we did our last performance of Hatsuyuki. First performed at NärCon it felt fitting that the last performance was at a convention as well, this time PeppCon in Uppsala. For the first time in Sweden we performed with live MC, and also had one of our flags with us. It was a great performance. It wasn’t perfect but the energy was there and the audience seemed to like it. And most important, we all had fun and felt satisfied afterwards.
And thus, Hatsuyuki is closed. We will now look forward and focus on Bankuramou, Streanght of ten thousand dreams. The first performance will be in October, please look forward to it!
We are also happy to announce that we’ve got a new member! We now have as many as four sibling-groups as Shishous younger brother Hicchi has joined us. Yosakoi is the best when performed in a bigger group, the more the merrier really applies. So we are more than happy to say, welcome to the gang, Hicchi!
Hicchi, Park and Iruka?
If anyone is interested in joining Zyka don’t hesitate to let us know! If your unsure, come visit our practice to see what it’s like. We are always looking for new members!
The Saturday before last Zyka had the honour of performing at the annual Sakura Matsuri in Kungsträdgården!
The weather was on our side, with no rain and the sun shining down on us with just some chilly breezes. Even though the sakura still wasn’t it full bloom yet, quite a lot of people had gathered in Kungsträdgården to celebrate that spring is finally on it’s way. And of course to take part of the huge variety of programs, including cosplay show, kimono fashion show and a speech made in Swedish by Japan’s Ambassador Morimoto Seiji.
This year Zyka performed Odori Yosakoi Ai Nippon, a sou-odori we’ve been wanting to perform for quite a while, and it seemed that the audience was enjoying it a lot! As of course were we; Ai Nippon is such a fun sou-odori! 🙂 The other dance we performed was Power!, an oldie but a goodie, that always gives us a lot of energy, and well, lots of power! This time around, our daihyo Oushou was out of town so Amo was the one to do the MC!
“I was so nervous, but when I actually held the mike in my hand, it was so much fun!”
After the performance, we held a small picnic and danced sou-odoris in a little circle, which was so much fun! 😀 A lot of people came and thanked us for our performance and even more were very interested in what we were doing. One girl even tried to join in in our dance!
Yosakoi is still very unknown here in Sweden but we hope that our performance in Kungsträdgården might get us lots of new members that will join us in the amazing world of Yosakoi!
Two days ago, on Friday the 27th of March, we performed at our third Danskarusellen event, this time at Nova in Vallentuna. It took a while to get there, especially for those of our members who live south of Stockholm, but it was all worth it. There was a real stage for us to perform on, and for once it wasn’t all that small. We did end up hitting each other a bit but we have had worse so it really wasn’t much of a problem. Yosakoi need more space than many other dances I think, especially since it’s not very easy to change the places according to the shape and size of the stage. That’s a good thing with still being quite a small team I guess, when we grow bigger (which we hope to do soon, come join us everyone it’s great fun!) we will have even more trouble fitting on small stages.
Anyway, besides us there were many other teams participating in the event. It was fun watching the others’ performances while waiting for our turn, everyone was so good! In Danskarusellen you belong to a group of teams who mostly participate in the same events. This makes it possible for us to see how the different performances in our group get better and better with each performance. It’s also different to see how some teams have completely new choreography while others, like us, only make smaller changes between the events.
Here is our performance from the event. The first part is Hatsuyuki and after that comes a sou-odori medley.
Unless we go to the region final, which we yet don’t know if we will, this was our last performance with Danskarusellen. It has been great fun participating and I think it the criticism we have received after each performance has helped us develop as a team. No matter if we go to the final or not we have given our best and had a great time, and for us that is the most important part.
Next up in our schedule is Körsbärsblommansdag in Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. We are planing on doing two new sou-odoris there so look forward to that! We are also continuing to work with our next self-made dance. It’s looking great at the moment and all of us are really excited about it! The theme is set to be presented in May and the dance in the end of summer or beginning of autumn. While it will be sad to put Hatsuyuki behind us it’s going to be fun to have a new dance to show. I can barely wait!
Today Zyka had a special practise! We did a Juliana. Juliana is when you dance lots of sou-oudori after each other. It’s a good way of remembering all the dances you have learnt but don’t dance so often. It is also good fitness training because dancing so much is hard work. But mostly it’s a lot of fun! Learning new things is fun, but energetically dancing the dances you know is also fun. In a Juliana you get to do both! It is a good way of learning new sou-oudori that some in the team knows but not everyone.
Having a Juliana now was good timing because from next practise we will be busy practising for our last performance in Danskarusellen the 27th of March. Danskarusellen have been both fun and challenging. We have also for the first time received criticism from a jury about our dancing. Getting a knowledgeable outsiders point of view and opinions gives us the chance to develop and dance even better.
This is a collection of videos of our performances in Kouchi this summer. It is not every performance we did but there is at least one video from most of of them. They are recorded by various people, both within Zyka and people in the audience. As we most of the time danced three to six times during one parade performance we have included multiple videos from the same stage.
If you want to see photos from the trip you can find them here and here.
Mama Contest Stage – 万々競演場 Zyka Yosakoi’s recordings
Saenba Contest Stage – 菜園場競演場
Recording by kiku0456
Outesuji Main Contest Stage South Side – 追手筋本部競演場 南側
Recording by ザ・よさこい祭り
Masugatachiiki Contest Stage – 升形商店街競演場
Zyka Yosakoi’s recording
Recording by よさこいブロードキャスター Supi
Recording by まちこ町子
Recording by kojikojihacojicoji
Obiyamachi Performance Stage – 帯屋筋演舞場
Recording by uun095221
Central Park Contest Stage – 中央公園競演場
Zyka Yosakoi’s recording
Recording by kazehikitanuki
Central Kouchi Castle Stage – 高地城演舞場
Zyka Yosakoi’s recording
Today we performed at Luna Kulturhus in Södertälje! We were invited as a part of the libraries program for the Swedish autumn holiday that takes place this week. Quite a few people came to see us dance and even though it was a bit unusual to dance inside of a library the performance went well and we had a great time.
From the left: Park, Iruka?, WHOlock, Oushou and Amo
Below you can see a video from one of the dances we did, Hatsuyuki. Seeing as we were only five dancers we did a slightly different version than usual consisting of four dancers and one doing the flag.
Many thanks to Södertälje Library for a fun performance.
We have now uploaded to videos of our performances in Kouchi this summer. Both of them are taken from on top of a truck which is way they are a bit shaky, but the view is good so please take a look if you have time!
Second day, first parade
Second day, first stage
One the 6th of September we performed at a party in Kista in Stockholm. It was a lovely event and the audience was great. There were lots of small children there who after the performance danced with us and tried on our costumes. So cute! Dancing with children is lots of fun, maybe we should start a kids group… (^_^)
Amo-chan and Peanuts