Thrills @ Yosakoi 2015 Festival

A rich Japanese cultural display characterised the 15th edition of the Ghana Yosakoi Japan festival held at the Mensvic Hotel last Saturday.

The Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Kaoru Yoshimura, graced the show and in his opening remarks, he said, ‘I am very happy to mention that the friendship between the two countries; I mean Japan and Ghana has grown wider through Yosakoi.’

The ceremony saw many performances from various schools that did the Yosakoi dance. Some of the schools which participated in the Yosakoi contest were St Peter’s Senior High School, Nkwatia, St Rose’s Senior High School, Akwatia, St Martin’s Senior High School, Nsawam, Mary Star of the Sea School, Kasoa and Akwaaba Kindergarten Kids, based in Accra.

St Rose’s Senior High School won the Yosakoi dance competition and took home an award from the ambassador.

Other entertaining scenes from the festival were a jazz performance from Ghanaian saxophonist, Zion Haruna, who thrilled the crowd with three songs.

Visiting Japan Yosakoi, Ren, also had their debut with four stage dance performances.

The Yosakoi festival seeks to showcase the rich traditional culture of the Japanese and how similar it is to that of Ghana.

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