Nippon Sport Science University Cheerleading Team VORTEX
There were a total of 37 members of the cheerleading team, VORTEX from the Nippon Sports Science University. They participated through the local university cheerleading team.
VORTEX is one of the famous teams which won many national cheerleading competitions in Japan. Also, the members will be performing in the Grand Parade which they specifically prepared for it since parading is different than performing on stage, where it requires to walk on the streets of Kalakaua Avenue. In addition, they had an opportunity to exchange with the students from the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University after the Honolulu Festival on March 16.
One of the audience from Kailua who was watching the performances at the Ala Moana Center said “This is my second time to visit the Honolulu Festival. I think it is a wonderful festival where you can watch various kinds of performances. I was just watching the performance by the cheerleading team VORTEX from the Nippon Sports Science University which was very energetic and lively. I was glad to receive such a youthful energy.”
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Miyagi University, Kosuzume
Kosuzume is one of the club activities in Miyagi University which contribute to the local communities through performing the Japanese traditional dance called the “Suzume-Odori”. There are over 100 members and 11 of them were chosen to perform at the Honolulu Festival. Also, it was the first time to perform overseas which the members of Kosuzume made a new song and choreography by themselves.
Furthermore, Kosuzume is a talented group that won twice in the most authoritative competition of the Suzume Odori called “Dokuganryū Masamune”. The members were very excited to show their traditional dance of Miyagi Prefecture to people from around the world.
Ritsumeikan University dig up treasure
Ritsumeikan University dig up treasure participated for the second time this year which entertained the audience with their Double Dutch performance.
Double Dutch is a performance that shows various techniques inside the two spinning jump ropes. Furthermore, the members of Ritsumeikan University dig up treasure partcipated in the Kansai regional tournaments as well as the national tournaments in Japan. Also, they are performing around the world to spread Double Dutch.
Hosei University Team Hosei
Team Hosei is a group from Hosei University consisted of students and one of their teachers. They are experienced yosakoi dancers that annually participate in the festival called “Harajuku Omotesando Genki-sai Festival Super Yosakoi” which is held once every summer in Japan.
There were 6 members that came to perform for this year’s Honolulu Festival. They said “Dancing “joyfully” and “charmingly” is our motto. We will perform our best even though we have fewer members.”
Furthermore, the uniqueness about Team Hosei is that they have originality. Also, the members are lively and effortful. All of their songs, choreographies and costumes are original.
After the performance, the members took pictures with the tourists and interacted with people from various countries without having a language barrier.
Tokyo Jitsugyo High School Phoenix Regiment
Once again the marching band of Tokyo Jitsugyo High School, Phoenix Regiment participated this year. This high school has a rich history which is located in Ota, Tokyo Nishi-Kamata.
The members of Phoenix Regiment is proud of their friendliness among teammates. The group was established 31 years ago. Also, they appeared in the Japan Marching Band Baton Twirling Contest for 23 times which they won the Grand Prix and received the Gold Award for 18 times.
Before the performance, the members calmly said “We will enjoy and perform our best.” Also, the alumni will be joining the group in which they practiced and prepared for their best performance in a short period of time.
Sonoda Gakuen High School
The students of Sonoda Gakuen High School participated for the fourth time in the Honolulu Festival this year. A total of 179 students came to Hawaii which has the greatest number of members.
Sonoda Gakuen High School is in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture which has a rich history. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the school. When the members appeared on the Kalakaua Avenue during the Grand Parade, the streets were covered in sky blue. They were vigorous and filled with smiles.
Moreover, they practiced for about a year from April of last year. There was an incident where the song stopped playing during the performance. However, the members of Sonoda Gakuen High School continued smiling which their audience cheered them.They participated as part of their school trip. They also climbed up Diamond Head and enjoyed shopping in Waikiki as well as at the Ala Moana Center.
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