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The 53rd Koenji Awa Odori folk dance festival was held on Aug. 29-30, 2009 during 6 pm to 9 pm. I went on the 29th, right after Asakusa Samba.
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This time I went to Shin-Koenji Station on the Marunouchi subway line. Much less crowded than JR Koenji Station. Near Shin-Koneji is this small shopping street where the dancers paraded through.
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One thing I like about Koenji Awa ODori is that it's huge (the biggest awa odori in the Tokyo/Kanto area), but there are still places where it's less crowded where you can see the dancers up close.
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This lady always poses for me. Koenji Awa Odori 2009.
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This troupe, called Kokesaku (苔作), was spectacular. They are from Tokushima. This boy (or maybe girl) in front, dressed like a kite, performed acrobatic cartwheels. Video coming soon.
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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Kite flyer trying to fly his kite.
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My YouTube video featuring three outstanding awa odori dance troupes on Aug. 29, 2009 in Koenji: Kokesaku (from Tokushima) 苔作, Edo-uki-ren 江戸浮連, and Edokko-ren 江戸っ子連.
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The Koenji Awa Odori is so big that you won't be able to see all the dance troupes in one night.
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Koenji Awa Odori 2009
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Dressed like nuns?
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Shinobu-ren (Koenji) しのぶ(忍)連
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Shishimai lion dance
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Kikusui-ren was a big group.
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Kikusui-ren (Koenji) 菊水連
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Kikusui-ren (Koenji) 菊水連
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Suiko-ren (Koenji) 吹鼓連
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Asuka-ren (Koenji) 飛鳥連
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Asuka-ren (Koenji) 飛鳥連
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Koenji Awa Odori
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Maicho-ren (Koenji) 舞蝶連
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Fool's dance
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Edo-uki-ren (Koenji) 江戸浮連
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One of only two foreigners I saw dancing. He was good. Edo-uki-ren (Koenji) 江戸浮連
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Nobiyuku-ren (Koenji) のびゆく連
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Nobiyuku-ren (Koenji) のびゆく連
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I had to get out of their way a split second later.
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Edokko-ren (Koenji) 江戸っ子連
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Edokko-ren (Koenji) 江戸っ子連
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Kurenai-ren 紅連
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Kurenai-ren 紅連
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Hanamichi-ren (Koenji/Mitaka) 花道連
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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Damudan-ren (Kagurazaka) だむだん連. They like to pose for the camera.
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Damudan-ren (Kagurazaka) だむだん連. They like to pose for the camera.
 
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