Awaodori Restaurant – Performance
As a continuation of yesterday’s post, here’s more snapshots of the performance at the Awaodori Restaurant in Nishi Ginza, my new favorite izakaya here in Tokyo! The teams responsible for the two nightly shows are rotated member teams from the Koenji Awaodori association (and sometimes unaffiliated teams as well, I hear), the most influential awaodori team association in Tokyo. When I visited, it was the Edo Kabukiren doing a great performance with some of their best dancers and musicians. As part of the show visitors are also encouraged to join in the dance – the basic movements are very simple and takes about 30 seconds to learn – and several diners took the chance to really give their best! A handsome and very uncommonly bearded father did a great job (as did his entire family, including his very enthusiastic son), as well as some of the better looking attending business men in the audience. A couple of foreigner did their best as well, as one of them even landed the participation price that is handed out to a couple of the audience dancers. Naturally, I was busy with my camera, and besides, if I ever joined a team it wouldn’t be as a dancer! Really, I can’t recommend this restaurant enough. Great food, great service, great location (right in the middle of Yurakucho, Shimbashi and Ginza stations, about as central as you can get), great entertainment and decent prices. You simply must go!