JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Tokushima city 徳島市
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Tokushima Awa Odori dancer490 views
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Tokushima Awa Odori dancer378 views
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Tokushima Awa Odori dancer340 views
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The festival usually features a celebrity or two. This is actress Fujita Tomoko at the Tokushima Awa Odori.333 views
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One of Japan's grandest festivals, the Tokushima Awa Odori is a summer dance performed in central Tokushima city. Numerous dance troupes called "ren" appear in a long parade along the city's main streets for four evenings in mid-Aug. 246 viewsAbout 2 million people see it during the four days it is held. It is like a bon dance to greet the souls of the deceased returning to visit. There are other Awa Odori festivals in Japan, but the one in Tokushima is the original and largest one. "Awa" is the former feudal name of Tokushima. Photo: Entrance to one of the spectator areas called "embujo" (admission charged). 藍場浜演舞場
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Tokushima Awa Odori225 views
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Tokushima Awa Odori is also called the "Fool's Dance"214 views
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This was in front of a dept. store near Tokushima Station.191 views
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Free Awa odori lessons.159 views
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Pre-festival warm-up performance.158 views
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They performed in the afternoon.157 views
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View of Tokushima city from Bizan140 views眉山
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Bizan Ropeway 眉山ロープウェイ138 views
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These photos were taken in Aug. 1999.137 views
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In front of my hotel after the festival ended.137 viewsThis group continued dancing late into the night.
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Crowds already line Tokushima's main street soon to be closed to traffic.134 views
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Really hard taking pictures with a small compact camera with no telephoto zoom.134 views
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In front of Tokushima Station133 views
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Finally found a seat closer to the road.129 views
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View of Tokushima city from Bizan128 views眉山
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Actress Fujita Tomoko heads one dance troupe.127 views
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Tokushima Castle museum 徳島城博物館126 views徳島城博物館
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Hi Philbert! Welcome aboard!122 views
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Bizan Ropeway122 views眉山ロープウェイ
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Rear view of a dancer120 views
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The Awa Odori begins before dark.120 views
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End of the course120 views
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Shinmachi-bashi road in front of Tokushima Station 新町橋通り120 viewsIt was Awa Odori time.
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Tokushima Station119 views
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Spectator seats. Admission is 1,000 to 2,000 yen.118 views
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Lining up for the non-reserved spectator seats.118 views
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All spectator seats were taken.117 views
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Tokushima's Awa Odori originated in 1587 to mark the completion of Izan Castle in Tokushima (formerly called Awa Province). The castle lord allowed the people to celebrate and they danced the night away.116 views
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My compact camera lens had a flare/halation problem.111 views
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Flute player111 views
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Haneda to Tokushima110 views
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Awa Odori Kaikan museum105 viewsAwa Odori publicity posters.
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Sculpture of Awa Odori dancer102 views
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Sculpture of Awa Odori dancers100 views
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Sculpture of Awa Odori dancers on mailbox100 views
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Sculpture of Awa Odori dancer96 views
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Tokushima Airport94 views
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Awa Odori Kaikan museum93 viewsHappi coats worn by Awa Odori dance troupes.
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Condensed mirror of Awa Odori dancer87 viewsAibahama Park in the distance.
   
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