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.264 viewsいろは連
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Koenji Awa Odori, Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連189 views
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Koenji Awa Odori, Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連185 views
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Crowd at JR Koenji Station on Awa Odori night.166 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.151 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136 views
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Koenji has many shopping arcades and side streets teeming with eateries.136 views
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Tokyo Aoi-ren 東京葵連135 views
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The dancers hop on one leg.133 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...127 views
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Tokyo Aoi-ren 東京葵連126 views
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JR Koenji Station and Awa Odori sign.126 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.124 views
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The dancers wear a light kimono and half-moon straw hats.121 views
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天翔連121 views
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The parade route centers on JR Koenji Station. There are wide and narrow portions of the route.119 viewsIf it rains, they may stop the festival early.
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天翔連119 views
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Tokyo Aoi-ren 東京葵連119 views
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美遊ひよこ連118 views
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天翔連117 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連116 views
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Tokyo Aoi-ren 東京葵連112 views
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The dance troupe typically has subgroups of children, women, men, and musicians. Suiko-ren 吹鼓連111 views吹鼓連
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111 views美遊ひよこ連
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Budo-ren 富道連110 views富道連
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Tengu-ren 天狗連110 views
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Tengu-ren 天狗連109 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108 views
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Silver-ren 志留波阿連108 views
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天翔連108 views
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美遊ひよこ連107 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.106 views花の木連
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106 views美遊ひよこ連
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Hyottoko-ren ひょっとこ連105 views
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Bikkuri-ren びっくり連104 views
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Silver-ren 志留波阿連104 views
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These pictures show over 40 dance troupes which I photographed in 2004 and 2005. Budo-ren 富道連103 views富道連
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F.I.A.-ren えふあいえい連103 views
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Tatsuno Otoshiko-ren たつのおとし子連103 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連102 views
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Maicho-ren 舞蝶連101 views
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One trademark of the dancers is the crescent-shaped straw hats.100 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.100 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連100 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連100 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連99 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99 views
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Tokushima and Tokyo have the most number of Awa Odori troupes with 40 to 50 each.98 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98 views
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Kikusui-ren 菊水会菊水連98 views
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The men look more like the "fools."97 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97 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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Maicho-ren 舞蝶連96 views
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Kokesaku-ren 苔作連96 views
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天翔連96 views
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Each dance troupe starts with a lantern bearer showing the name of the troupe.95 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95 views
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95 viewsEdokko-ren 江戸っ子連
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Maicho-ren 舞蝶連95 views
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Midori-ren 美踊連95 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連95 views
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天翔連95 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.94 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連94 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.94 views
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Musashi Minami-ren むさし南連93 views
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The dancers also let out a yell as they dance. Hana-no-ki-ren 花の木連92 views
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Maicho-ren 舞蝶連92 views
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Silver-ren 志留波阿連92 views
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91 viewsMidori-ren 美踊連
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Many of the troupe names have pretty meanings such as Maicho-ren which means "Dancing Butterfly." 舞蝶連91 views
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きたまちじゃじゃ馬連90 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.90 views
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Kimagu-ren きまぐ連89 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連89 views
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F.I.A.-ren えふあいえい連89 views
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Taiko drummers jamming. Tensui-ren 天水連89 views
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Kimagu-ren きまぐ連87 views
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Goraku-ren 伍楽連87 views
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Asuka-ren 飛鳥連87 views
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Sometimes you see a gaijin participant. F.I.A.-ren えふあいえい連86 views
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Tatsuno Otoshiko-ren たつのおとし子連86 views
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Suzaku-ren 朱雀連86 views
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Hyottoko-ren ひょっとこ連86 views
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Tengu-ren 天狗連86 views
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Midori-ren 美踊連85 views
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Mitaka-ren みたか連85 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連85 views
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Goraku-ren 伍楽連84 views
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Damudan-ren だむだん連84 views
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Hyottoko-ren ひょっとこ連84 views
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Sazanka-ren 杉並区役所さざんか連84 views
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Kikusui-ren 菊水会菊水連83 views
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Damudan-ren だむだん連83 views
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Mitaka-ren みたか連82 views
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きたまちじゃじゃ馬連82 views
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Musashi Minami-ren むさし南連81 views
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Kikusui-ren 菊水会菊水連80 views
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Sazanka-ren 杉並区役所さざんか連80 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連79 views
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Edo Kabuki-ren 江戸歌舞伎連79 views
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A few troupes are company-sponsored and take on the company's name like this one, a construction company.78 viewsThere is even the Microsoft-ren. (Not pictured here.)
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連78 views
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騒連中78 views
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Suzaku-ren 朱雀連78 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連78 views
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Sharaku-ren 写楽連77 views
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Sharaku-ren 写楽連77 views
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Yurikamome-ren ゆりかもめ連77 views
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Damudan-ren だむだん連77 views
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From the Suginami Ward Office, Sazanka-ren 杉並区役所さざんか連77 views
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Tensui-ren 天水連77 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連77 views
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Edo Kabuki-ren 江戸歌舞伎連77 views
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Musashi Minami-ren むさし南連76 views
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Damudan-ren だむだん連76 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連76 views
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Koganei Sakura-ren 小金井さくら連76 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連76 views
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Kikusui-ren 菊水会菊水連75 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連75 views
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Ageo Koiki-ren (from Saitama) あげお小粋連75 views
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Asuka-ren 飛鳥連75 views
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Musashi Minami-ren むさし南連74 views
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騒連中74 views
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成増チルド連74 views
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Sharaku-ren 写楽連73 views
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Mitaka-ren みたか連73 views
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Edo Kabuki-ren 江戸歌舞伎連73 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連72 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72 views
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Asuka-ren 飛鳥連72 views
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71 viewsSharaku-ren 写楽連
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Koganei Sakura-ren 小金井さくら連71 views
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粋輦連71 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連71 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連71 views
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Sazanka-ren 杉並区役所さざんか連69 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連68 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連66 views
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成増チルド連65 views
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粋輦連61 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連61 views
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