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Harajuku Omotesando Genki-sai Super Yosakoi 2016

More than 5,500 performers comprising 102 teams hailing from all over Japan competed in the Harajuku Omotesando Genki-sai Super Yosakoi 2016, held this past weekend.

The original dance originated in Kochi Prefecture. It’s characterized by wooden clapping instruments called naruko, which used to be a tool to scare birds away from crops.

The current-day dances performed at Super Yosakoi, which kicked off in Tokyo in 2001, incorporate elaborate costumes and choreography, as well as modern music. Some teams even have rapping MCs and live musicians.

Despite the a wide range of ages among dancers, everyone is equally energetic.

Here’s a sample of the dancing that lit up Omotesando on Sunday.

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