Guangming Elementary School Dance Club, the champion of National Dance Competition in Taiwan, made its second appearance in Yosakoi Festival held by Japan’s Kochi Prefecture. The little dancers dressed up as Taiwan barbets, Hakka Tung flowers, and flower fairies, showing the vitality of spring through their dance. Despite the scorching sun, the little dancers exerted every effort to finish their performances and waved their national flags on the stage, receiving enthusiastic applause from the audience.
The little dancers’ costumes, all hand-made by the parents, were integrated with local elements of Hsinchu County. To give their best performances and to make Taiwan and Hsinchu Known by the world, the little dancers practiced so hard that some of them even developed blisters on their feet. Their hard work greatly impressed Masanao Ozaki, the Governor of Kochi Prefecture. Hsinchu County Magistrate Chiu Ching-chun also praised the dancers for their splendid performances. Most importantly, they brought Hakka cultures to Japan and successfully played the role as young diplomats.
Hsinchu County was invited to attend Yosakoi Festival for the fifth time. Magistrate Chiu specially prepared a painted sacred pig with a totem symbolizing the friendship between Taiwan and Japan for Governor Masanao Ozaki. Besides, Magistrate Chiu invited Japanese performance troupes to Taiwan for the coming International Folk Drum Arts Festival, which also received positive reply from Governor Ozaki.