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EXUBERANT performances complimented by a marriage of cultures saw the Penang Yosakoi 2019 yet again garner a large following.

Thousands braced the hot sun and humidity at the Esplanade to catch a glimpse of the multiple array of performances which started with the Penang Sakura Ondo dance performance, a song which pays homage to Penang.

Visitors then got to witness a parade of Yosakoi Cosplayers from Japan and Malaysia, and the pumping performances by 17 schools from six different states including as far as Johor and Sabah during the Yosakoi stage competition.

Yamazaki (left, in pink) mingling with children in the parade.
Yamazaki (left, in pink) mingling with children in the parade.

There was also a Hawaiian Hula performance by the Japanese Hula Dance Group of Penang among the many performances.

Organised by the Pink Hibiscus Club with the support of the state government and the Penang Island City Council, the event also saw an array of traditional Japanese food stalls and craft bazaar.

The highlight of the event was without doubt the Penang Yosakoi Parade at night which saw 26 performances by people from all over the world showcasing their synchronised dancing skills.

Thousands of participants took part in the parade along Lebuh Light as spectators looked on in awe.

(BRIEF CAPTION) Penang Yosakoi Parade and Carnival 2019 at the Esplanade in George Town,Penang. Pic by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star / 9 March 2019.
Penang Yosakoi Parade and Carnival 2019 at the Esplanade in George Town,Penang. Pic by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star / 9 March 2019.

Organising chairman Emi Yamazaki said she was thrilled with the turnout and met many people who gave her great feedback about the festival.

“Many people told me they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“It was wonderful that so many people worked together to make the festival a success,” she said.

The event, launched by state Women, Family Development and Gender Inclusiveness Committee chairman Chong Eng, was held for the sixth time and participated by over 1,200 performers and over 200 volunteers.

A Malay girl in hijab executing a stunning move during a performance at the Penang Yosakoi 2019.
A Malay girl in hijab executing a stunning move during a performance at the Penang Yosakoi 2019.

“This event gives everyone the opportunity to foster a good relationship and share their creativity.

“I am thrilled to see the level of participation from both locals and from Japan.

“I congratulate the organisers as well as the volunteers who have worked very hard to ensure success for the largest Penang Yosakoi Festival,” she said.


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