Benkeiren – Koenji Awaodori Festival
Here’s one team of famous Awaodori dancers from Tokyo’s Koenji district, the Benkeiren (弁慶連). I took these at the huge annual Awaodori festival in Koenji last year, just as the sky was falling to a dark blue and the red light from the street lights started. The Benkeiren is one of those huge and famous teams that seems to pop up almost everywere. They will invariably give a near perfect performance and this year they fielded one of the cutest teams of young dancers! About a million people crowd together for two days in Koenji every year to watch over 12 000 dancers perform, one of the festivals you can’t miss out on if you’re in Tokyo in August!