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Most viewed - Nakamurabashi Awa Odori Dance 2008 中村橋阿波おどり
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The 33rd Nakamurabashi Awa Odori festival was held on Sept. 7, 2008 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Before 5 pm, it poured rain. However, it became a drizzle and the dance started as scheduled.210 views
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori Dance with Nakamurabashi-ren 中村橋連103 views
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori in Sept.103 views
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori99 views
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori Dance in Nerima, Tokyo. Also see my YouTube video here.96 views
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori dancer93 views
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Daikon-ren at Nakamurabashi Awa Odori89 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.42 views
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Due to the downpour, festival spectators huddled in the train station and under the train tracks.37 views
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Poster for the 33rd Nakamurabashi Awa Odori37 views
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The opening ceremony started on time at 5 pm under the train tracks instead of on the outdoor stage in front of Nakamurabashi Station. These are local politicians lined up to give speeches. Each speech was short, but there were so many of them.31 views
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Kasei-ren31 views
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From Koganei in the outskirts of Tokyo.30 views
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Outdoor stage in front of Nakamurabashi Station. The opening ceremony supposed to be here, but the rain prevented that. This stage was also later used for Awa Odori dancers to perform.29 views
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Another local Awa Odori troupe is Nakamurabashi-ren.29 views
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A karate group from Nerima also performed.29 views
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Koganei Sakura-ren 小金井さくら連29 views
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Santsu Nakamurabashi shopping street is a straight road intersecting with the Keio Line train tracks. It has a good number of shops and restaurants. サンツ中村橋商店街28 views
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Daikon-ren28 views
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Daikon-ren also gave a great finale at the end of the festival.28 views
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Daikon-ren passing through Nakamurabashi Station.27 views
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Nagoyaka-ren なごやか連27 views
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These photos center on the local Awa Odori dance troupes such as this one called Daikon-ren. だいこん連26 views
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Kumegawa-ren 久米川蓮26 views
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Everyone dancing in front of Nakamurabashi Station. The rain never really stopped, and the dancers got pretty wet.26 views
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Daikon-ren finale25 views
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Boy drummers show their stuff too.25 views
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Read his palm.25 views
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中村橋連25 views
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Nakamurabashi-ren25 views
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Nakamurabashi-ren 中村橋連25 views
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Tsuzumi shoulder drum25 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.25 views
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Shinobu-ren (from Koenji) teamed up with Chirudo-ren (Child-ren). しのぶ(忍)連24 views
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Chirudo-ren24 views
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Kasei-ren かせい連24 views
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The dance parade was held along the Santsu Nakamurabashi shopping street that intersects with Nakamurabashi Station. Nakamurabashi is a short train ride from Ikebukuro Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.23 views
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Daikon means radish.23 views
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Nakamurabashi-ren passing through Nakamurabashi Station.23 views
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On the outdoor stage.23 views
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Shinobu-ren (Koenji) teamed up with Chirudo-ren (Child-ren). しのぶ(忍)連23 views
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Chirudo-ren チルド連23 views
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At the end of the festival in front of Nakamurabashi Station, they invited everyone to dance.23 views
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Daikon-ren22 views
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Okame-ren 女華夢連22 views
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People and umbrellas crowd the outdoor stage in front of Nakamurabashi Station.22 views
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