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Koujiya Awaodori Tonight – Gorakuren Men

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on August 1, 2014

If you are in Tokyo tonight and looking for something fun to see I recommend visiting the Koujiya Awaodori festival in Tokyo’s Ota Ward, not far from the Haneda Airport. It is a two day event starting tonight and ending tomorrow Saturday, from 1900 to 2100. Koujiya Station is on the Keikyu Airport Line (Keikyukukousen), but it is also possible to walk there from the Keikyu Kamata Station (less than 15 minutes) or the Kamata Station (less than 25 minutes) if you are less keen on the trains.

One of the teams performing tonight will be the Gorakuren (伍楽連), a team from the neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture’s city of Sagamihara. I know most photographers focus on the wonderful looking women of Awaodori but there are a lot of very cool men also performing in each of the teams. Here are some of the guys dancing and drumming for Gorakuren!

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Iriya Men – Onoterusaki Shrine Festival

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on May 27, 2013

Last weekend I spent between two different festivals very close to each other, the huge Sanja festival in Asakusa and the comparatively tiny Onoterusaki Shrine Festival in neighboring Iriya. Being completely overshadowed by it famous brother festival meant that there were almost no tourists at all at the smaller festival in Iriya, I even recognized some fellow festival enthusiasts taking part in the festival, probably to fill the ranks of the omikoshi carriers! One of the handful of omikoshi being carried around the neighborhood of old Iriya was this one, and I wanted to pick out a few photos of the handsome guys who took part in the festival! Their group name is written on the back of their happi (the loose coat worn in all festivals these days but by all tradesmen and artisans in the old days), 元入谷. This neighborhood existed as a separate town for over 400 years until the end of the 19th century when Iriya was swallowed up by the expanding towns of Ueno and Asakusa, both of whom have huge festivals these days. Iriya is also the name of a subway station on the Hibiya line, nearby.

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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?








Awaodori Men

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on August 30, 2012

Awaodori is famous for loud music and graceful ladies, but there’s quite a few very handsome men giving their best as well. Here’s a few of the most irresistible guys I could find at the Minamikoshigaya Awaodori festival a little while ago. I have more of these hunks stored up for the coming month! These guys are members of the Kakashiren, Koutaren and Ishinren and the famous, near mythological Ebisuren, respectively Enjoy!







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