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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.222 views
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Kitamachi Awa Odori, Nerima-ku, Tokyo214 views
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The 34th Nakamurabashi Awa Odori dance festival was held on Sept. 6, 2009 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. First they held a tape-cutting ceremony with local politicians and festival organizers.208 views
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An egret stalking insects. It did not mind us photographers only meters away.158 views
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Would you believe a karate group? They did not dance. Just punched and yelled their way through. Kitamachi Awa Odori, Nerima, Tokyo 極真空手連157 views
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The only egret which never flew away when I approached.153 views
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Nice formation.143 views
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Kitamachi Awa Odori Dance, Nerima-ku, Tokyo きたまち阿波おどり137 views
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Kitamachi Awa Odori, Tokyo136 views
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Shakujii-Koen Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line. 石神井公園駅135 views
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori Dance with Nakamurabashi-ren 中村橋連134 views
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori in Sept.131 views
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Map of park. The park is a long, elongated shape.129 views
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Okame-ren, Nakamurabashi Awa Odori128 views
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Swan boats on Shakujii Pond. 石神井公園127 views
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori Dance in Nerima, Tokyo. Also see my YouTube video here.127 views
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori127 views
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Shinobu-ren on stage during the Nakamurabashi Awa Odori.126 views
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori dancer121 views
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Shinobu-ren on stage during the Nakamurabashi Awa Odori.121 views
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Road to Shakujii Park.120 views
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The 16th Kitamachi Awa Odori was held on July 26, 2008 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Kitamachi is a small neighborhood near Tobu-Nerima Station on the Tobu Tojo Line.120 views
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Kitamachi Awa Odori, Tokyo 写楽連116 views
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Daikon-ren at Nakamurabashi Awa Odori116 views
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Shinobu-ren, Nakamurabashi Awa Odori, Tokyo116 views
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Shakujii-Koen Station, North Entrance108 views
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One end of Shakujii Park.105 views
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My YouTube video of Nakamurabashi Awa Odori featuring Kumegawa-ren, Koganei Sakura-ren, Tsukushi-ren, and Kyokushin Karate-ren. 久米川連、小金井さくら連、つくし連、極真カラテ連105 views
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Hope to see you next year too. Also see my YouTube video here.98 views
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Shakujii Pond 石神井池97 views
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Ukimido Pavilion good for feeding ducks.91 views
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Shakujii Pond 石神井池84 views
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Shrine83 views
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There is a walking path around the entire park with two ponds.82 views
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Trail to the other end of the park.76 views
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Sanpoji Pond 三宝寺池75 views
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Shrine73 views
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Notice the black legs and yellow feet.70 views
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You have to see my video see what went on. 70 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.54 views
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They danced on the main shopping streets called Kitamachi shotengai (pictured here) and New Kitamachi shotengai. Just few minutes walk from the train station. きたまち商店街52 views
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Junior high school dancers dressed in yukata.49 views
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Due to the downpour, festival spectators huddled in the train station and under the train tracks.49 views
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After the opening ceremony on the outdoor stage in front of Nakamurabashi Station (Seibu Ikebukuro Line), Daikon-ren performed on the stage while other groups started dancing on the streets. だいこん連49 views
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Poster for the 33rd Nakamurabashi Awa Odori48 views
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Daikon-ren48 views
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Karate-ren. Not really awa odori, but fun to watch. Too few girls though. Also see my YouTube video here.47 views
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For the last number, the finale.46 views
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They know how to look good.46 views
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Quite spectacular finale performance by this troupe called Hyottoko-ren. ひょっとこ連46 views
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I took a good number of Daikon-ren pictures last year in 2008.46 views
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Troupe for a local bank.46 views
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Another local troupe is Nakamurabashi-ren. 中村橋連45 views
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Aoi Shin-ren, one of my favorite Awa Odori troupes. 葵新連44 views
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All the dancers' faces were glistening with perspiration.44 views
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The last group I shot was Okame-ren. 女華夢連44 views
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After a few speeches and a "tape-cut" ceremony, the festival began at 6:30 pm.43 views
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Dancing in formation.43 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.43 views
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Kasei-ren43 views
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Nagoyaka-ren was a cute group with many kids. なごやか連43 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.43 views
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Now we have Narimasu Chirudo-ren (Child-ren), a play on words for "Children." 43 views
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Narimasu Child-ren also performed on stage. 成増チルド連 43 views
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One group was from the local junior high school.42 views
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There were about 1,400 dancers and about 70,000 spectators lining the streets.42 views
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School baseball team, Kitamachi Faiyers. No dancing.42 views
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Awa Odori dancer42 views
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From Koganei in the outskirts of Tokyo.42 views
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Tsukushi-ren42 views
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Tsukushi-ren is outfitted with clothing dyed with indigo. つくし連42 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.42 views
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So photogenic, like a crane in flight.41 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.41 views
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Another local Awa Odori troupe is Nakamurabashi-ren.41 views
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A karate group from Nerima also performed.41 views
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Koganei Sakura-ren 小金井さくら連41 views
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Nakamurabashi-ren 中村橋連41 views
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Narimasu Child-ren 成増チルド連41 views
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The girl in the middle is carrying a sign saying that they won the Nerima Mayor's Award (区長賞). 41 views
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I much prefer the women dancers.40 views
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Daikon-ren from Nerima-ku.40 views
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These kids were very good at the taiko drums.40 views
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Takara-bune-ren 宝船連40 views
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She loved to pose for photographers.40 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40 views
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Daikon-ren40 views
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Daikon-ren also gave a great finale at the end of the festival.40 views
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Fast-action dancers of Takarabune-ren performed on stage for about 15 min.40 views
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She's one of the best dancers out there.40 views
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First time I saw an awa odori dancer wearing a hat like this.40 views
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Koganei Sakura-ren from Koganei, not far from Nerima. Koganei has a large park famous for cherry blossoms. 小金井さくら連40 views
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Koganei Sakura-ren performing on the outdoor stage.40 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.40 views
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Twenty-three dancing and non-dancing troupes participated. This is somewhat small compared to bigger Awa Odori dances in Tokyo, but the enjoyment and enthusiasm of the dancers and crowd were top-class.39 views
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Daikon-ren passing through Nakamurabashi Station.39 views
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Koganei Sakura-ren musicians. I've seen them at Koenji Awa Odori as well.39 views
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Narimasu Child-ren teamed up with Shinobu-ren.39 views
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Shinobu-ren 忍連39 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.39 views
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Narimasu Child-ren 成増チルド連39 views
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I watched Okame-ren doing their finale as well.39 views
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Boy drummers show their stuff too.38 views
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Nagoyaka-ren なごやか連38 views
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Kumegawa-ren 久米川蓮38 views
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Kumegawa-ren from Higashi-Murayama in Tokyo. 久米川連38 views
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I see Sazanka-ren headbands. Perhaps they were hired to dance for the bank.38 views
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Kasei-ren38 views
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Takarabune-ren allowed anyone to dance with them. A large crowd did just that.38 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37 views
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Daikon-ren finale37 views
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Read his palm.37 views
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Nakamurabashi-ren 中村橋連37 views
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Everyone dancing in front of Nakamurabashi Station. The rain never really stopped, and the dancers got pretty wet.37 views
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Kasei-ren かせい連37 views
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Shinobu-ren (from Koenji) teamed up with Chirudo-ren (Child-ren). しのぶ(忍)連36 views
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