It’s back! The Parade for the People of Penang!

Come join us at the Esplanade for another fabulous night of parade, dance, music and creative talents of the people of Penang! Check out the programmes we’ve lined up for you!

4pm  Carnival Blastoff – the excitement for the family and youngsters starts early this year!

  • Singing Competition – listen to the original and download the karaoke version to practice for the “Penang ~ Island of Love” singing competition!
  • Charity Food Fair and Demonstration of fusion Penang-Japanese food – Exchange your PYP Flyer for a ‘Buy 1 Free 1″ Food Voucher!
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony at the English Garden! How quaint!!
  • Games, Kimono, Craft stalls to play, try and buy from!

6:30pm  Parade! Lots of interactive stuff for the audience to participate while watching the parade!

  • Don’t miss the Mizukake Mikoshi where you splash water onto the passing Mikoshi!
  • The audience gets to vote which dance team is the HAPPIEST dance team!
  • First time in Malaysia – the Original Awa Odori on the streets of Penang
  • Japanese Fisherman Flags and Firemen Matoi parade
  • PLUS the regular Cosplay, NGO and other colourful display of Penang’s finest



Media Passes!

The Penang Yosakoi Parade is a photographer’s paradise!

Come take photos of Yosakoi Dancers, Kimono ladies, Ghosts, Kids, Mikoshi, and Cosplayers!

This year, we are issuing Media passes for photographers or videographers for unprecedented access on to the Parade Route for the perfect shot! Otherwise you will have to stay behind the lines with everyone else to take photos :(

Submit your application for these limited Media Passes to get these limited Media Passes. Successful applicants will be notified via email and can pick them up at our Information Booth on the Event Day!

Fill in the Penang Yosakoi Parade 2017 Media Registration Form for Penang Yosakoi Parade 2017 and hit that submit button!

Further inquiries can be sent

Carboot Sale at Penang Yosakoi

Do you have second hand goods to sell? Do you have a Japanese brand car?


If your answer is ‘yes’ to both, then bring them along and sell your Pre-loved items from the boot (trunk/ back of the car), together with some vintage Japanese cars! Registration Fee for the Carboot Sale is only RM30 per car. Sales in Cash terms and no commission charged.

Registration form here:2016 Carboot Registration Form


Greatest number of Yosakoi teams ever!!

DAI-GIF-NARUKO-CLAPPER-2We’re constantly trying to promote the concept of Yosakoi through our event, and we’re really pleased to announce that we’ll be having the most number of Yosakoi teams ever participating this year!

The general rule of Yosakoi is that you need to use the Naruko clappers to be considered Yosakoi.

Come to see the Yosakoi teams from Penang, KL, Kedah, Perlis and Pahang and then maybe think about starting your own Yosakoi team in preparation for next year’s event on March 11th 2017!!




Penang Yosakoi 2016!

This year’s Yosakoi will be our 3rd outing, and the timing couldn’t have been more significant.

To be held on March 12th 2016 (Saturday), it will coincide with the 5th Anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan that occured on March 11th 2011 that inspired us to hold this event.

This year, we’ve got some new attractions for you, which we hope will turn Yosakoi into an iconic event for Penang! Do keep posted!



Reflections and Thank you!!!

The Penang Yosakoi Parade & Carnival has come and gone and by most accounts, it was a roaring success, thanks to the Co-organisers, Sponsors, Participants, helpers and the approx 15,000 people who took trouble to come all the way to see, feel and experience a Japanese Carnival event!

A very big “Thank you” to everyone who came to support and have fun on the day!

Right now, there are TONS of photos and blogs covering the event on the web, and the photos are really fantastic! Please check our Facebook page for postings and sharings from those who attended the event.

The newspapers that have online coverage are also here:-

At this point, Id like to express my sincere appreciation to the team members of the Penang Yosakoi Parade Organising Committee who not only committed their time and effort, but literally sacrificed their sleep and family commitments, to only gain (more) white hairs and heartache to put this event on the Penang map.

We are literally a group of housewives (yes, its true but one of us does actually have a proper job and another is actually a guy! Haha!), who got together with this crazy dream to bring Yosakoi to Penang and to let everyone experience a Japanese carnival atmosphere here in Penang.

As the Organiser, we would be the first to admit that it was obviously not perfect, as there were many issues such as crowd control and lack of announcements that caused inconvenience and problems. These problems were not without reason and largely stem from lack of funds, which meant we had to rely a lot on voluntary contribution. But the nature of voluntary contributions is that it is very dependent on whims of the contributor, so while the voluntary spirit is there, things sometimes do not go as planned. While we acknowledge and appreciate their contribution, we hope to have your understanding and forgiveness for the shortcomings noted.

On the last note, we hope that the event has shown the people of Penang the concept of a Yosakoi night, and that this will inspire people to pledge their support early in the year so that we can indeed hold it again next year! From now till end April 2013, we are hoping to see Sponsors, Vendors, helpers coming forward so if you know of any one who would like to participate in Penang Yosakoi 2014, please get in touch!

Again, thank you sooooo much everyone once again from the bottom of our hearts,
Representing the Pink Hibiscus Club Organising Team
Emi Yamazaki
Kiyoka Naruke, Hitomi Ogawa, Daniel Stuart, Chng Soo Bee and Miki Kobayashi

CASH Coupons + FREE Lucky Draw

Buy CASH Coupons in advance and get one FREE Lucky Draw ticket to win

TWO Return Air-Tickets to Japan!!

And throughout the night, you will also stand a chance to win LOTS of other fantastic prizes!!

These Coupons are just like cash – for every RM10 you buy, you get one Lucky Draw ticket worth RM5. Cash coupons can be use at any of the stalls during the event, so you don’t lose out!

Note: Cash Coupon + Lucky Draw ONLY available before 19th January!Only Lucky Draw tickets will be on sale during the event – (1 lucky draw = RM5)

You can order and arrange pre-payment of Coupons by contacting us at our email

or visit any one of our supporting stalls to buy your coupons from 3rd January 2013 onwards!

  1. Fourseason Bakery – Straits Quay, Tanjong Tokong
  2. Gartien Pineapple cake – Lorong McAlister
  3. Penang Butterfly Farm – Teluk Bahang
  4. Cherry Art Studio – Tanjong Tokong - Suria Tanjung 97-G-07,Jalan Fettes
  5. PenangPAC Box Office – Straits Quay Convention Centre 4th Floor, Jln Seri Tanjong Pinang
  6. Sushi Bar – Basement Floor, Gurney Plaza
  7. and Sushi Kin outlets in Penang!

There will be more stalls popping up, so do keep checking in for the updated list and get your friends to buy!

Deadline coming!!

Thank you everyone for joining the event! We look forward to a great evening out.

Now, as we are fast approaching the date, I’d like to remind everyone of the DEADLINE for Parade registration and also for Stalls at the Carnival. It’s SATURDAY 22nd December!

So for those of you who have not registered and wish to do so, please make sure you register and pay by the 22nd! Thanks!