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Hatsudai Awaodori Festival – Kurenairen

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 27, 2012

The last two months have been heaven for us Awaodori dance fans here in Tokyo! Last weekend there was the annual festival in Hatsudai, making it the possibly the most centrally located of the major awaodori festivals. It is a two day event but I only had time to visit on the first day, but I would have loved to have seen the second day as well as there was a bit of rain to make it all interesting! These photos are of the Kurenairen (紅連) and some of their coolest dancers and musicians. Isn’t that smile on the girl in fifth photo just wonderful! I think she is just in the middle of singing that famous awaodori song phrase “やっぱり、おどりはやめられない”, “after all, I can’t stop dancing” (in my own poor translation).







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  1. Coal said, on September 27, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Are they a やめられない or a やめられぬ team?

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    • tokyobling said, on November 16, 2012 at 3:26 am

      Def. a やめられない team! (^-^)

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      • Coal said, on November 16, 2012 at 4:18 am

        やめられぬ is better. It’s all old and stuff, so all the cool teams do it. ;-)

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  2. Emma Reese said, on September 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I spy another serious photographer in the second and the 4th photos! I love the 4th photo; that typical pose is so enchanting!

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    • tokyobling said, on November 16, 2012 at 3:28 am

      Haha… thank you! Yes, there’s quite a few shutterbugs at these events. Some people are almost semi-pro just shooting Awaodori!

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  3. pk1154 said, on September 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    As always, I love the children.

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  4. Mislav said, on September 28, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Really great photographs :) Congratulations!

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