International Flower Arrangement AssociationDance/Performance
We are an international friendship organization made up of flower artists. We perform a new form of Japanese culture around the world including Hawaii, New York and Paris. Please enjoy our flower dance, a neo-Japanese style performance.
SONODA GAKUEN HIGH SCHOOLDance/Performance
We are Sonoda Gakuen High School from Amagasaki, Hyogo, and this is our 13th time in the Honolulu Festival. This year, about 300 sophomores perform the dance they have been practicing for a year at the Grand Parade. Please enjoy their cheerful and energetic dance!
We dance Yosakoi in hope of a wonderful world, “Yoi yo sa koi.” The dance is also transmitted throughout the world as “Izanai.” This dance fascinates many people. This year we also get the chance to have cultural exchange with the people of Hawaii. Our dance of love transcends all borders and generations.
Sakuragawaryu Edogei KapporeDance/Performance
Kappore is a dance that was usually performed at traditional banquet parties. It became popular in Japan through parade performances. The fun dance is highlighted by performers shouting “Kappore, Kappore” in unison as they kick up their heels.
TAKAOKA RYUKOKU High SchoolDance/Performance
We are juniors from Takaoka Ryukoku High School in Toyama Prefecture. We will be participating in the the Honolulu Festival’s Grand Parade as part of our school excursion experience. We will be performing YOSAKOI at the parade. We ask that you cheer for us alongside the parade route.
Samurai SPIRITS Furinkazan Karate-doDance/Performance
Anyone can do it. Anyone can be strong and anyone can be healthy. Our school puts emphasis on Karate and its hand movements as a method of self-defense, not as a competition. We practice breathing and self-defense movements while aiming at improving our body and mind at the same time. Along with our training, we exchange friendship in order to attain a better life.
Participating from the first Honolulu Festival, this group loves to share the artistry and beauty of its mikoshi with audiences. We were born to carry mikoshi!
We will perform the renowned Awaodori dance, the pride and joy of our homeland, Tokushima Prefecture in the Shikoku region.Tonosama Ren is outstandingly skillful and popular among the many celebrated dance groups. The male dance is dynamic and aggressive, whereas the female dance is elegant and flawless. We do our best to dance wholeheartedly to preserve the Awaodori tradition for the next generation. This effort is shown not only for our homeland Tokushima but also for worldwide peace. Please enjoy Awaodori to your heart’s content. Watch as music and dance become one.
NC Honolulu FestivalDance/Performance
Witness the epitome of Japanese tradition – mikoshi katsugi. The mikoshi promotes friendship and cultural exchange between the people in Hawaii and the Japanese visitors through the act of bearing the mikoshi tightly together on one’s shoulders.
Toba-City Tourist AssociationDance/Performance
Ise Shima, Toba City is a popular vacation destination in Japan. We perform our new image song and dance of Toba City, famous for pearl cultivation. The pearl is treasured as a good luck gem to celebrate the 30th wedding anniversary.