Most viewed - Kita-Urawa Awa Odori Dance 2009 北浦和阿波おどり大会
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A boxy-looking Kita-Urawa Station on the west (nishiguchi) side. Keihin-Tohoku Line. 200 views
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Hatanaka-kikko-ren, Kita-Urawa Awa Odori in Saitama. 畑中亀甲連105 views
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Kita-Urawa Awa Odori poster for 2009. Gooddesign.99 views
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Musashi-Aoi-ren at Kita-Urawa Awa Odori on Sept. 6, 2009.81 views
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Musashi-Aoi-ren at Kita-Urawa Awa Odori on Sept. 6, 2009.81 views
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Musashi-Aoi-ren on Happy Road.80 views
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Miyako-ren 美奴連(みやこ連)69 views
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Kita-Urawa Awa Odori lanterns in front of Kita-Urawa Station.68 views
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Finale on Happy Road. Anybody could join in and dance.50 views
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Kita-Urawa Awa Odori lanterns and signboard in front of Kita-Urawa Station.45 views
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Near the train station is Happy Road. This is the entrance and one starting point of the Kita-Urawa Awa Odori folk dance festival.42 views
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Hatanaka-kikko-ren41 views
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At 5:30 pm, they held a short demonstration of awa odori dancing on Happy Road with the local Kita-Urawa Aho-ren dancing.39 views
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A school marching band starts off the festivities.37 views
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Opening ceremony. The festival actually started at 4:20 pm with an opening ceremony and a parade of marching bands from local elementary schools and the fire dept.36 views
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Kita-Urawa Aho-ren. "Aho" means fool. 36 views
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Happy Road, the main venue of the Kita-Urawa Awa Odori. It is a short route.35 views
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Kita-Urawa Aho-ren 北浦和阿呆連35 views
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The 32nd Kita-Urawa Awa Odori was held on Sept. 5, 2009 from 6 pm to 9 pm. About 11 awa odori dance troupes participated. Most of them from Saitama.34 views
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Kita-Urawa Awa Odori banner.34 views
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Another one marches on.33 views
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Happy Road goes straight to this road which leads to Fureai Road, another dance venue and Saty shopping mall at the end of the road. The entire route quite short.33 views
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Lots of local children in Kita-Urawa Aho-ren. 北浦和阿呆連33 views
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Kita-Urawa Aho-ren33 views
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Next was Buyu-ren.32 views
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This is Niiza Kobushi-ren, from the city of Niiza in Saitama Prefecture. They had a very distinct-sounding beat. 新座こぶし連32 views
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Niiza Kobushi-ren32 views
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Hatanaka-kikko-ren 畑中亀甲連32 views
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Kita-Urawa Aho-ren starts the Awa Odori on Happy Road at 6 pm. This was the most crowded section, but even then, not super crowded. They also had chairs that anybody could sit on, though some were reserved.31 views
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Buyu-ren 舞遊連31 views
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This is Musashi-Aoi-ren from the city of Sayama in Saitama Prefecture. They belong to the Aoi family of Awa Odori dance troupes. Their music sounds almost the same as the other Aoi troupes.31 views
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Miyako-ren 美奴連(みやこ連)31 views
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Hatanaka-kikko-ren31 views
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This man does a fan dance with his feet too.30 views
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Niiza Kobushi-ren30 views
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Niiza Kobushi-ren30 views
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The lighting was dark here, like most of the parade route.30 views
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Hatanaka-kikko-ren 畑中亀甲連30 views
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These pictures show most, but not all the eleven dance troupes who performed. I missed a few. 29 views
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Niiza Kobushi-ren perform at Fureai Road which was the worst place to take pictures. They had a canopy (see left) and it obstructs the best view of the dancers. The crowd was sparse here.29 views
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Musashi-Aoi-ren gives a very good performance. Their dance routine is excellent.29 views
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Musashi-Aoi-ren performing in front of Saty, a shopping mall. Here too, it wasn't super crowded.29 views
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Also see my YouTube video here. 29 views
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Musashi-Aoi-ren 29 views
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Miyako-ren 美奴連(みやこ連)29 views
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Miyako-ren 美奴連(みやこ連)29 views
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Awa Odori Hibugi29 views
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Musashi-Aoi-ren むさし葵蓮28 views
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Musashi-Aoi-ren むさし葵蓮28 views
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This was the brightest section of Happy Road, in front of a pachinko parlor. But the neon lights kept changing color--red, white, yellow, etc. Looks psychedelic on my video.28 views
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Musashi-Aoi-ren 28 views
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Miyako-ren was also good. I have them on video. 美奴連(みやこ連)28 views
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Miyako-ren 美奴連(みやこ連)28 views
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Awa Odori Hibugi. "Hibugi" means flying dance. Although I did not see anyone leaping in the air while dancing.28 views
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Ageo Koiki-ren pulling kites. They were good and I have them on my YouTube video here. 28 views
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Niiza Kobushi-ren musicians. 27 views
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Musashi-Aoi-ren on Happy Road. One of the girls lost her balance and fell. See my YouTube video here. 27 views
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Ageo Koiki-ren, from the city of Ageo in Saitama Prefecture. あげお小粋連27 views
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Miyako-ren 美奴連(みやこ連)26 views
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Awa Odori Hibugi26 views
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Awa Odori Hibugi. This group doesn't have the word "ren" attached to their name. 阿波踊り飛舞技26 views
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Musashi-Aoi-ren 25 views
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Miyako-ren drummers.25 views
 
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