Last additions - Awa Odori 阿波おどり
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End of the courseJul 17, 2006
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Tokushima Awa Odori dancerJul 17, 2006
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In front of my hotel after the festival ended.This group continued dancing late into the night.Jul 17, 2006
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Tokushima Awa OdoriJul 17, 2006
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Tokushima Awa Odori is also called the "Fool's Dance"Jul 17, 2006
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Flute playerJul 17, 2006
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Really hard taking pictures with a small compact camera with no telephoto zoom.Jul 17, 2006
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My compact camera lens had a flare/halation problem.Jul 17, 2006
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Tokushima Awa Odori dancerJul 17, 2006
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Finally found a seat closer to the road.Jul 17, 2006
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Actress Fujita Tomoko heads one dance troupe.Jul 17, 2006
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The festival usually features a celebrity or two. This is actress Fujita Tomoko at the Tokushima Awa Odori.Jul 17, 2006
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The Awa Odori begins before dark.Jul 17, 2006
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Lining up for the non-reserved spectator seats.Jul 17, 2006
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All spectator seats were taken.Jul 17, 2006
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Free Awa odori lessons.Jul 17, 2006
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Rear view of a dancerJul 17, 2006
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Tokushima Awa Odori dancerJul 17, 2006
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Pre-festival warm-up performance.Jul 17, 2006
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They performed in the afternoon.Jul 17, 2006
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Tokushima's Awa Odori originated in 1587 to mark the completion of Izan Castle in Tokushima (formerly called Awa Province). The castle lord allowed the people to celebrate and they danced the night away.Jul 17, 2006
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This was in front of a dept. store near Tokushima Station.Jul 17, 2006
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One of Japan's grandest festivals, the Tokushima Awa Odori is a summer dance performed in central Tokushima city. Numerous dance troupes called "ren" appear in a long parade along the city's main streets for four evenings in mid-Aug. About 2 million people see it during the four days it is held. It is like a bon dance to greet the souls of the deceased returning to visit. There are other Awa Odori festivals in Japan, but the one in Tokushima is the original and largest one. "Awa" is the former feudal name of Tokushima. Photo: Entrance to one of the spectator areas called "embujo" (admission charged). 藍場浜演舞場Jul 17, 2006
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These photos were taken in Aug. 1999.Jul 17, 2006
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Spectator seats. Admission is 1,000 to 2,000 yen.Jul 17, 2006
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Crowds already line Tokushima's main street soon to be closed to traffic.Jul 17, 2006
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