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Every August since 1954, the city of Kochi in southern Shikoku is filled with excitement as the Yosakoi Festival is on the way. As a modern twist of the popular Awa Odori dance festival, the four-day Yosakoi festival happens typically between the 9th and 12th of August. Although the festival name, Yosakoi, is literally translated as “come at night,” the festival runs all day. Yosakoi features more than 20,000 costumed performers...

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