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Benkeiren – Koenji Awaodori Festival

Posted in Japanese Traditions, Places by tokyobling on February 21, 2013

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!
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  1. Amy said, on February 21, 2013 at 6:38 am

    The young dancers are the cutest! What a fun festival!

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    • tokyobling said, on February 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      They really are, and these look so dedicated! Dancing for two hours straight in the very hot and humid summer evening… these kids are stronger than me!

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  2. pk1154 said, on February 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    The young dancers are wonderful, but there is something about the man with the brass gong…

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    • tokyobling said, on February 21, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Oh yes, I think I got 12 or more good frames of him! Very handsome! (^-^)

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  3. amadl said, on February 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Those kids are so cute! And great shots as usuaL d^^b

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