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The 37th Otsuka Awa Odori was held on Aug. 26, 2009 (Wed.) in the middle of the week from about 5 pm to 9 pm. They paraded on the main road in front of the south side of JR Otsuka Station on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo.
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Both sides of the road were almost totally covered with vinyl mats by people reserving a spot to watch the dance. The festival seemed to be mainly for the local folks, not for tourists from outside who could not get close to the roadside.
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So it was not a good situation for taking pictures. The dance route was short, maybe only 300 meters. They danced on only one road. That's why it was quite crowded.
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Sugamokko-ren すがもっ子連
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They are from Toshimagaoka Joshi Gakuen, a private girls' school. 豊島岡女子学園 桃李連
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Otsuka Awa Odori, Tokyo
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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Otsuka Awa Odori paper lanterns
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Seiwa-ren 盛和連
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Seiwa-ren 盛和連
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Sun Mall Otsuka Ekimae-ren. サンモール大塚駅前連
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Sun Mall Otsuka Ekimae-ren. サンモール大塚駅前連
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Sanwa-ren 三和蓮
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Otsuka Awa Odori
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Otsuka Awa Odori
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Shoko-ren 商興連
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Shoko-ren 商興連
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Otsuka Awa Odori
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Kumegawa-ren, from Higashi-Murayama (not Otsuka) 久米川連
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Kumegawa-ren, from Higashi-Murayama (not Otsuka) 久米川連
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Keyaki-ren from neighboring Itabashi Ward. 板橋区役所 けやき連
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Keyaki-ren from neighboring Itabashi Ward. 板橋区役所 けやき連
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Shinsui-ren 新粋連
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Shinsui-ren 新粋連
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Toshima Kuyakusho-ren (Ward Office) 豊島区役所連
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They work at the Toshima Ward Office (City Hall).
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Toshima Kuyakusho-ren (Ward Office) 豊島区役所連
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Toshima Kuyakusho-ren (Ward Office), Otsuka Awa Odori 豊島区役所連
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Tenkei-ren from Shinjuku. 天恵連
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Sugamo-ren すがも連
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Sugamo is a neighboring train station, also in Toshima Ward.
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Ostuka Awa Odori, Tokyo. Also see my YouTube video here.
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My YouTube video of Otsuka Awa Odori featuring local Otsuka (Toshima Ward) dance troupes.
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Otsuka Awa Odori poster for 2009. The dance is held on only one evening.
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Otsuka Ekimae station
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