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The Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival is a Kagoshima dance parade held annually near Shibuya Station in Tokyo in May. About 2,200 dancers in 63 troupes dance along the Dogenzaka and Bunkamura-dori main roads for almost 3 hours from 1:20 pm to 4 pm.
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These photos were taken on May 18, 2014. Kagoshima is the southernmost prefecture in Kyushu.
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Outside Shibuya Station, they had this tent selling Kagoshima goods and giving out free festival pamphlets.
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See my 29-min. video of the Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival in 2014.
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The dance parade was held on Dogenzaka and Bunkamura-dori roads.
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Dancers started to assemble on the street by 12:30 pm.
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The intersection in front of the 109 building was the main area.
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Taiko drummers kicked off the festival.
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Tokyo Fire Dept. Brass Band
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P.A. booth
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Opening ceremony included speeches by politicians.
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They danced to two songs played repeatedly. One was Kagoshima Ohara-bushi おはら節, Kagoshima Prefecture's most famous folk song.The song rambles on about things and scenes in Kagoshima like the Sakurajima volcano.
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Poster girl
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The other song was, Shibuya Ondo 渋谷音頭 which mentions sights like Hachiko and Dogenzaka. One of Shibuya's official songs.
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Okame
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Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival
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Every once in a while, they stopped dancing for 2 min. to allow people to cross the street.
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Most of the dance troupe were Tokyo-based with members having ties to Kagoshima.
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Some troupes came all the way from Kagoshima.
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Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival
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During the intermission at 2:25 pm, lively performances by young dancers were held in front of the 109 building. Young Dance Troupe (from Kagoshima) ヤング踊り連
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They were very good.
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The performed two songs, TOKYO Ohara TOKYOオハラ and Chesuto! Ohara チェスト!おはら.
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The second troupe to perform was the Baton Association of Universities in Tokyo 東京都大学バトン連盟.
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They also performed to Tokyo Ohara TOKYOオハラ and Chesuto! Ohara チェスト!おはら.
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They were also very good.
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Baton twirlers at Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival
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The dance parade restarted for the second half of the festival, Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival.
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Tokunoshima
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Tokunoshima is famous for bullfighting.
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Saigo Takamori and his dog at Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival.
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Atsuhime at Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival
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Saigo Takamori, Atsuhime, and Okubo Toshimichi at Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival.
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CLosing and awards ceremony in front of 109.
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Kagoshima Goodwill Ambassadors in Shibuya, Tokyo
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