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.252 viewsいろは連
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Koenji Awa Odori, Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連174 views
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Koenji Awa Odori, Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連170 views
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Crowd at JR Koenji Station on Awa Odori night.158 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.143 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128 views
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Koenji has many shopping arcades and side streets teeming with eateries.128 views
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Tokyo Aoi-ren 東京葵連127 views
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The dancers hop on one leg.125 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...119 views
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Tokyo Aoi-ren 東京葵連118 views
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JR Koenji Station and Awa Odori sign.118 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.116 views
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The dancers wear a light kimono and half-moon straw hats.113 views
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天翔連113 views
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The parade route centers on JR Koenji Station. There are wide and narrow portions of the route.111 viewsIf it rains, they may stop the festival early.
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美遊ひよこ連111 views
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天翔連111 views
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Tokyo Aoi-ren 東京葵連111 views
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天翔連109 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連108 views
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Tokyo Aoi-ren 東京葵連104 views
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The dance troupe typically has subgroups of children, women, men, and musicians. Suiko-ren 吹鼓連103 views吹鼓連
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103 views美遊ひよこ連
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Budo-ren 富道連102 views富道連
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Tengu-ren 天狗連102 views
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Tengu-ren 天狗連101 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100 views
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Silver-ren 志留波阿連100 views
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美遊ひよこ連99 views
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天翔連99 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.98 views花の木連
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98 views美遊ひよこ連
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Bikkuri-ren びっくり連96 views
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Silver-ren 志留波阿連96 views
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Hyottoko-ren ひょっとこ連96 views
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These pictures show over 40 dance troupes which I photographed in 2004 and 2005. Budo-ren 富道連95 views富道連
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Tatsuno Otoshiko-ren たつのおとし子連95 views
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F.I.A.-ren えふあいえい連94 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連94 views
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One trademark of the dancers is the crescent-shaped straw hats.92 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.92 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連92 views
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Maicho-ren 舞蝶連92 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連92 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連91 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91 views
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Tokushima and Tokyo have the most number of Awa Odori troupes with 40 to 50 each.90 viewsEdokko-ren 江戸っ子連
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Kikusui-ren 菊水会菊水連90 views
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The men look more like the "fools."89 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89 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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Each dance troupe is called a "ren." This is the Suiko-ren. 吹鼓連89 views
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Kokesaku-ren 苔作連88 views
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天翔連88 views
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Each dance troupe starts with a lantern bearer showing the name of the troupe.87 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87 views
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87 viewsEdokko-ren 江戸っ子連
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Maicho-ren 舞蝶連87 views
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Maicho-ren 舞蝶連87 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連87 views
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天翔連87 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.86 views
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Midori-ren 美踊連86 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連86 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.86 views
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Musashi Minami-ren むさし南連85 views
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The dancers also let out a yell as they dance. Hana-no-ki-ren 花の木連84 views
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Maicho-ren 舞蝶連84 views
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Silver-ren 志留波阿連84 views
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82 viewsMidori-ren 美踊連
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きたまちじゃじゃ馬連82 views
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Many of the troupe names have pretty meanings such as Maicho-ren which means "Dancing Butterfly." 舞蝶連82 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.82 views
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Kimagu-ren きまぐ連81 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連81 views
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Taiko drummers jamming. Tensui-ren 天水連81 views
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Asuka-ren 飛鳥連80 views
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Kimagu-ren きまぐ連79 views
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F.I.A.-ren えふあいえい連79 views
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Goraku-ren 伍楽連79 views
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Tatsuno Otoshiko-ren たつのおとし子連78 views
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Suzaku-ren 朱雀連78 views
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Hyottoko-ren ひょっとこ連78 views
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Tengu-ren 天狗連78 views
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Sometimes you see a gaijin participant. F.I.A.-ren えふあいえい連77 views
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Mitaka-ren みたか連77 views
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Midori-ren 美踊連76 views
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Goraku-ren 伍楽連76 views
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Damudan-ren だむだん連76 views
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Sazanka-ren 杉並区役所さざんか連76 views
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Kikusui-ren 菊水会菊水連75 views
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Damudan-ren だむだん連75 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連75 views
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Hyottoko-ren ひょっとこ連75 views
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きたまちじゃじゃ馬連74 views
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Mitaka-ren みたか連73 views
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Musashi Minami-ren むさし南連73 views
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Kikusui-ren 菊水会菊水連72 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71 views
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A few troupes are company-sponsored and take on the company's name like this one, a construction company.70 viewsThere is even the Microsoft-ren. (Not pictured here.)
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連70 views
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騒連中70 views
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Suzaku-ren 朱雀連70 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連70 views
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Sharaku-ren 写楽連69 views
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Sharaku-ren 写楽連69 views
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Yurikamome-ren ゆりかもめ連69 views
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Damudan-ren だむだん連69 views
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Tensui-ren 天水連69 views
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Edo Kabuki-ren 江戸歌舞伎連69 views
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Edo Kabuki-ren 江戸歌舞伎連69 views
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Musashi Minami-ren むさし南連68 views
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Damudan-ren だむだん連68 views
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Koganei Sakura-ren 小金井さくら連68 views
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From the Suginami Ward Office, Sazanka-ren 杉並区役所さざんか連68 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連68 views
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Kikusui-ren 菊水会菊水連67 views
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Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連67 views
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Ageo Koiki-ren (from Saitama) あげお小粋連67 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連67 views
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Asuka-ren 飛鳥連67 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連67 views
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Musashi Minami-ren むさし南連66 views
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騒連中66 views
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Sharaku-ren 写楽連65 views
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成増チルド連65 views
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Mitaka-ren みたか連64 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64 views
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Asuka-ren 飛鳥連64 views
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Edo Kabuki-ren 江戸歌舞伎連64 views
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63 viewsSharaku-ren 写楽連
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Koganei Sakura-ren 小金井さくら連63 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連63 views
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粋輦連62 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連62 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連62 views
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Sazanka-ren 杉並区役所さざんか連60 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連59 views
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Hanamichi-ren 花道連57 views
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成増チルド連56 views
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Shinobu-ren しのぶ連53 views
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粋輦連52 views
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