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The 33rd Nakamurabashi Awa Odori festival was held on Sept. 7, 2008 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Before 5 pm, it poured rain. However, it became a drizzle and the dance started as scheduled.
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Due to the downpour, festival spectators huddled in the train station and under the train tracks.
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The opening ceremony started on time at 5 pm under the train tracks instead of on the outdoor stage in front of Nakamurabashi Station. These are local politicians lined up to give speeches. Each speech was short, but there were so many of them.
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Outdoor stage in front of Nakamurabashi Station. The opening ceremony supposed to be here, but the rain prevented that. This stage was also later used for Awa Odori dancers to perform.
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The dance parade was held along the Santsu Nakamurabashi shopping street that intersects with Nakamurabashi Station. Nakamurabashi is a short train ride from Ikebukuro Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.
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Santsu Nakamurabashi shopping street is a straight road intersecting with the Keio Line train tracks. It has a good number of shops and restaurants. サンツ中村橋商店街
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These photos center on the local Awa Odori dance troupes such as this one called Daikon-ren. だいこん連
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Daikon-ren
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Daikon-ren
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Daikon-ren passing through Nakamurabashi Station.
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Daikon-ren also gave a great finale at the end of the festival.
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Daikon-ren finale
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori Dance in Nerima, Tokyo. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Boy drummers show their stuff too.
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Read his palm.
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Daikon means radish.
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Daikon-ren at Nakamurabashi Awa Odori
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Another local Awa Odori troupe is Nakamurabashi-ren.
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中村橋連
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Nakamurabashi-ren passing through Nakamurabashi Station.
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Nakamurabashi-ren
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori dancer
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori
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Nakamurabashi-ren 中村橋連
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori Dance with Nakamurabashi-ren 中村橋連
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Tsuzumi shoulder drum
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Okame-ren 女華夢連
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People and umbrellas crowd the outdoor stage in front of Nakamurabashi Station.
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On the outdoor stage.
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A karate group from Nerima also performed.
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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Nagoyaka-ren なごやか連
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Shinobu-ren (Koenji) teamed up with Chirudo-ren (Child-ren). しのぶ(忍)連
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Shinobu-ren (from Koenji) teamed up with Chirudo-ren (Child-ren). しのぶ(忍)連
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Chirudo-ren チルド連
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Chirudo-ren
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Koganei Sakura-ren 小金井さくら連
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From Koganei in the outskirts of Tokyo.
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Kumegawa-ren 久米川蓮
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori in Sept.
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Kasei-ren かせい連
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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Kasei-ren
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At the end of the festival in front of Nakamurabashi Station, they invited everyone to dance.
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Everyone dancing in front of Nakamurabashi Station. The rain never really stopped, and the dancers got pretty wet.
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Poster for the 33rd Nakamurabashi Awa Odori
 
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