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More Awaodori Men

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 13, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I posted a few snapshots of some very handsome men taken at the Minamikoshigaya Awaodori festival at the end of last month. Here are a few more very good looking guys from the Fujionren, Kioiren, Soka-Oyamaren and finally the world famous Ahoren from Tokushima prefecture. Are they not fantastic looking?








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  1. Coal said, on September 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Glad you got to see Ahōren. I’d say they’re just about the most famous Awa team in the history of ever. A good proportion of chōchin swinging teams base their dance off of these guys (Kusunokiren, for example). And they take it very seriously. According to an NHK documentary, they get a huge influx of new members at the end of each summer, and only a fraction of them are still there by the following summer. ^^;

    The climax of their road routine always reminds me of the opening sequence in Princess Mononoke for some reason…

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    • tokyobling said, on September 14, 2012 at 4:37 am

      Got to love Ahoren! The Gods of Awa! I would love to see that documentary, if you have it on tape? Never seen their routine, I was at the fast track as usual (make sour face….).

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      • Coal said, on September 14, 2012 at 5:39 am

        I think still have it on my HDD recorder (I tend not to delete this stuff), but you’d have to come round to see it.

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  2. pk1154 said, on September 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I think E would go for #2. That third fellow, though, when he smiles he really smiles!

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    • tokyobling said, on September 14, 2012 at 4:39 am

      Hm… I’m triangulating E’s tastes for when I get her over here! (^-^) Yes, the third guy had more charisma in his little finger than I have in my entire body I think…! Fantastic look and fantastic presence!

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  3. nw10photography said, on September 15, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Thanks for sharing! Loving these images!

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