Most viewed - Koenji Awa Odori Dance 高円寺阿波おどり
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These days, they have 10,000 dancers from 70 dance groups and over 1 million spectators. Also see the video at YouTube.258 viewsいろは連
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Koenji Awa Odori, Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連182 views
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Koenji Awa Odori, Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連178 views
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Crowd at JR Koenji Station on Awa Odori night.162 viewsThe Koenji Awa Odori is basically a parade of dancers. Many groups of dancers from various parts of Japan participate in the parade that follows the main shopping streets near Koenji Station on the Japan Railways Chuo Line in Tokyo.
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The troupe can consist of children (as young as age 2 or 3), women, and men.147 viewsThe Awa Odori originated 400 years ago in Tokushima Prefecture (in Shikoku) where it is one of Japan's most famous festivals. Although it is not as large as the one in Tokushima, the Koenji Awa Odori in Tokyo has become a major summer festival in Tokyo.
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Tokyo Aoi-ren 東京葵連132 views
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Koenji has many shopping arcades and side streets teeming with eateries.132 views
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Tokyo Aoi-ren 東京葵連131 views
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The dancers hop on one leg.129 viewsSo what is Tokushima's Awa Odori doing in Koenji, Tokyo? It was first organized by a youth group of Koenji's retail merchants in 1957. They wanted to hold an event to attract more shoppers to the area. Neighboring town Asagaya had already started the Tanabata Festival in 1954. The Tanabata Matsuri, of course, is from up north in Sendai, Miyagi Pref. So the Koenji folks decided to transplant a southern festival to Koenji. That was the Awa Odori.
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After it's over...123 views
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Tokyo Aoi-ren 東京葵連122 views
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JR Koenji Station and Awa Odori sign.122 views
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The Koenji Awa Odori has become a major summer festival in Tokyo. It had a humble beginning in 1957 when it was originally called the Koenji Baka Odori. "Baka" means fool.120 views
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The dancers wear a light kimono and half-moon straw hats.117 views
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天翔連117 views
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The parade route centers on JR Koenji Station. There are wide and narrow portions of the route.115 viewsIf it rains, they may stop the festival early.
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美遊ひよこ連115 views
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天翔連115 views
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Tokyo Aoi-ren 東京葵連115 views
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天翔連113 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連112 views
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Tokyo Aoi-ren 東京葵連108 views
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The dance troupe typically has subgroups of children, women, men, and musicians. Suiko-ren 吹鼓連107 views吹鼓連
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107 views美遊ひよこ連
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Budo-ren 富道連106 views富道連
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Tengu-ren 天狗連106 views
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Tengu-ren 天狗連105 views
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The dance troupes come from in and out of town. A few from Tokushima as well as Kanagawa, Chiba, Shizuoka, and other prefectures. Edokko-ren 江戸っ子連104 views
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Silver-ren 志留波阿連104 views
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美遊ひよこ連103 views
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天翔連103 views
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Other dancers might also wear a simpler outfit of short pants and happi coat. Swinging around a fan is also common.102 views花の木連
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102 views美遊ひよこ連
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Hyottoko-ren ひょっとこ連101 views
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Bikkuri-ren びっくり連100 views
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Silver-ren 志留波阿連100 views
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These pictures show over 40 dance troupes which I photographed in 2004 and 2005. Budo-ren 富道連99 views富道連
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Tatsuno Otoshiko-ren たつのおとし子連99 views
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F.I.A.-ren えふあいえい連98 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連98 views
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One trademark of the dancers is the crescent-shaped straw hats.96 views
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Musicians always bring up the rear of the dance troupe. Taiko drums, flutes, and shamisen. The Awa Odori has a distinct rhythm and beat. It really makes you want to get up and dance.96 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連96 views
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Maicho-ren 舞蝶連96 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連96 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連95 views
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Shamisen player who knows how to smile for my camera. Koganei Sakura-ren 小金井さくら連95 views
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Tokushima and Tokyo have the most number of Awa Odori troupes with 40 to 50 each.94 viewsEdokko-ren 江戸っ子連
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Each dance troupe is called a "ren." This is the Suiko-ren. 吹鼓連94 views
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Kikusui-ren 菊水会菊水連94 views
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The men look more like the "fools."93 views
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The first Koenji Awa Odori in 1957 had only 57 dancers and about 2,000 spectators. Iroha-ren いろは連93 viewsThere are now about 30 to 40 Awa Odori parades held in Tokyo alone, usually in shopping areas. The one in Koenji is the largest in Tokyo.
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Kokesaku-ren 苔作連92 views
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天翔連92 views
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Each dance troupe starts with a lantern bearer showing the name of the troupe.91 viewsThe dance is quite simple. While bobbing up and down, the dancer holds her hands above the head and shakes the fingers. This hand gesture indicates that the person has gone crazy. It is therefore nicknamed the "fool's dance." The dance is held on the last weekend in August.
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Kokesaku-ren 苔作連91 views
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91 viewsEdokko-ren 江戸っ子連
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Maicho-ren 舞蝶連91 views
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Maicho-ren 舞蝶連91 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連91 views
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天翔連91 views
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It is most crowded along the large avenues. The crowd is several rows deep. Those in the front are expected to sit down.90 views
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Midori-ren 美踊連90 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連90 views
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The Aoi Shin-ren is from Koenji and one of the largest Awa Odori troupes. They are great performers and one of my favorites.90 views
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Musashi Minami-ren むさし南連89 views
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The dancers also let out a yell as they dance. Hana-no-ki-ren 花の木連88 views
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Maicho-ren 舞蝶連88 views
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Silver-ren 志留波阿連88 views
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86 viewsMidori-ren 美踊連
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きたまちじゃじゃ馬連86 views
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Many of the troupe names have pretty meanings such as Maicho-ren which means "Dancing Butterfly." 舞蝶連86 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.86 views
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Kimagu-ren きまぐ連85 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連85 views
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Taiko drummers jamming. Tensui-ren 天水連85 views
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F.I.A.-ren えふあいえい連84 views
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Asuka-ren 飛鳥連84 views
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Kimagu-ren きまぐ連83 views
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Goraku-ren 伍楽連83 views
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Tatsuno Otoshiko-ren たつのおとし子連82 views
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Suzaku-ren 朱雀連82 views
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Hyottoko-ren ひょっとこ連82 views
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Tengu-ren 天狗連82 views
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Sometimes you see a gaijin participant. F.I.A.-ren えふあいえい連81 views
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Mitaka-ren みたか連81 views
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Midori-ren 美踊連80 views
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Goraku-ren 伍楽連80 views
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Damudan-ren だむだん連80 views
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Hyottoko-ren ひょっとこ連80 views
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Sazanka-ren 杉並区役所さざんか連80 views
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Kikusui-ren 菊水会菊水連79 views
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Damudan-ren だむだん連79 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連79 views
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きたまちじゃじゃ馬連78 views
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Mitaka-ren みたか連77 views
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Musashi Minami-ren むさし南連77 views
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Kikusui-ren 菊水会菊水連76 views
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Sazanka-ren 杉並区役所さざんか連76 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連75 views
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Edo Kabuki-ren 江戸歌舞伎連75 views
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A few troupes are company-sponsored and take on the company's name like this one, a construction company.74 viewsThere is even the Microsoft-ren. (Not pictured here.)
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連74 views
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騒連中74 views
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Suzaku-ren 朱雀連74 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連74 views
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Sharaku-ren 写楽連73 views
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Sharaku-ren 写楽連73 views
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Yurikamome-ren ゆりかもめ連73 views
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Damudan-ren だむだん連73 views
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From the Suginami Ward Office, Sazanka-ren 杉並区役所さざんか連73 views
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Tensui-ren 天水連73 views
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Edo Kabuki-ren 江戸歌舞伎連73 views
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Musashi Minami-ren むさし南連72 views
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Damudan-ren だむだん連72 views
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Koganei Sakura-ren 小金井さくら連72 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連72 views
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Kikusui-ren 菊水会菊水連71 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連71 views
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Ageo Koiki-ren (from Saitama) あげお小粋連71 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連71 views
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Asuka-ren 飛鳥連71 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連71 views
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Musashi Minami-ren むさし南連70 views
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騒連中70 views
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成増チルド連70 views
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Sharaku-ren 写楽連69 views
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Edo Kabuki-ren 江戸歌舞伎連69 views
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Mitaka-ren みたか連68 views
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Koganei is a city in Tokyo with a park famous for sakura cherry blossoms. Koganei Sakura-ren 小金井さくら連68 views
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Asuka-ren 飛鳥連68 views
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67 viewsSharaku-ren 写楽連
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Koganei Sakura-ren 小金井さくら連67 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連67 views
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粋輦連66 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連66 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連66 views
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Sazanka-ren 杉並区役所さざんか連65 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連63 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連61 views
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成増チルド連61 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連57 views
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粋輦連56 views
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