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As the climax of the 37th Kagurazaka Matsuri Festival, the Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance was held on July 25-26, 2008, from 7 pm to 9 pm. These photos were taken on July 25, 2008. Crowd at Bishamonten.
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The Awa Odori is held on Kagurazaka's main street called Kagurazaka-dori, a sloping road near Iidabashi Station. 神楽坂阿波踊り
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Eighteen awa odori dance troupes danced this night.
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These dancers head to the starting point.
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The starting point was here, at the foot of the sloping Kagurazaka-dori near Iidabashi Station.
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The local Kagurazaka Awa Odori troupe is Kagura-ren. かぐら連
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Kagura-ren かぐら連
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Kagura-ren かぐら連
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Kagura-ren かぐら連
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Kagura-ren かぐら連
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Unusual to see a woman drumming a big taiko drum.
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Flute players
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The Kagura-ren dancers proceed up the sloping Kagurazaka-dori.
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Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance 神楽坂阿波踊り
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Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance 神楽坂阿波踊り
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だむだん連
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Damudan-ren has an easily-recognizable kimono design pattern. だむだん連
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I always see this guy at Awa Odori in Tokyo.
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Hyottoko-ren
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Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance
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The street is not so crowded for the most part.
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Crowd interaction.
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Would you believe a Daikon-ren? Yes, eating it is good for your body. だいこん連
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Kagurazaka Awa Odori dancers
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The street was most crowded in front of Bishamonten temple, the focal point of Kagurazaka.
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Kaguazaka Awa Odori dancers in front of Bishamonten temple. 毘沙門天
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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Kagurazaka Matsuri poster
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