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Kouta odori is a traditional Japanese dance related to obon odori.
It falls under the genre of furyuu dancing and is typically performed in August.
Kouta songs are typically played with the shamisen (Japanese string instrument).
The lyrics are usually kept concise, resembling haiku or other Japanese poetry styles.
In the town of Yakage, in Okayama prefecture, a Kouta odori festival is held each year near the end of August. Dozens of volunteers train for months to learn the dance choreography and perform for the public on the main street of Yakage. There are vendors and people from all over western Japan who come to enjoy the festivities.
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