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Daisankikaku – Koenjo Awaodori

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on May 2, 2013

Here a few photos of one of the more noticeable teams at last year’s Koenji Awaodori festival, the Daisankikaku Awaodori (第三企画阿波踊り), a corporate team made up of employees at one of Tokyo’s bigger real estate marketing companies. Their uniforms look almost like they were designed by a race car maker! This team is famous for their energy, always giving as much as they possibly can to entertain and impress their audience. And it seems like they got a young new member as well. Just a few more weeks until the Awaodori dance season kicks of for real here in Tokyo!

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  1. Cathryn said, on May 2, 2013 at 5:12 am

    The expressions are great, you take wonderful portraits!

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  2. yoshizen said, on May 2, 2013 at 8:24 am

    This post is awesome !
    Not only the people appeared were THE Character,
    to capture each of them on spot on moment is a skill.
    (Of cause I know, they are the good-one though.) 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on May 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you Yoshizen! I think people are more beautiful when they are doing something they are proud of…!

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  3. pk1154 said, on May 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    *sqeeeee* The baby! The baby!!!!!

    (Spring is here at last!)

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    • tokyobling said, on May 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      That’s what went through my head too! (^-^;) We are showing our age…

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  4. amadl said, on May 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    That baby is so adorabLe ❤
    And you reaLLy captured the energy of the team, great job!

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    • tokyobling said, on May 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you Amadl! It’s easy when you have such a perfect subject! (^-^)

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  5. lovelycomplex22 said, on May 2, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Omg that baby is so cute! And I love the smile on the lady in picture 5 🙂

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  6. C said, on May 5, 2013 at 4:26 am

    The sweat on the face of #4 makes me wonder how they survive the heat, especially with all that makeup. Gaah! More power to ’em; if I were out there I’d be dripping and any makeup would be gone in minutes…unless I was the guy in the last pic with a sweat catcher 🙂 (I’m sure that’s not the purpose, but why do they tie those things under their noses?)

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    • tokyobling said, on May 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      I have never done this dancing but I have run next to them taking pictures for an entire evening and believe me I spent all of the short breaks between stages drinking fluids non-stop! I can only imagine how it must be to actually dance this. When it comes to make up I think that women are blessed with a water proof kind of make up these days. It’s the only excuse I can think of. (^-^) It’s not a sweat catcher, it’s a traditional way to tie your tenugui or handkerchief and hiding most of your face at the same time. It is called dorobokaburi and was popular with thieves and scoundrels in the 18th century. I think some dance teams like to portray the scoundrel or rouge to contrast with the beautiful lady dancers! Of course in some teams women dance mens parts too, and you’ll sometimes see women dance with this style as well. (^-^)

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      • C said, on May 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm

        As someone who doesn’t get makeup, I’m not sure I’d want to be “blessed” with waterproof stuff! As it is, when I get makeup applied I forget and half of it gets wiped off in no time. So I’d have to be a scoundrel then, just to keep the sweat outta my eyes 😀

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      • Coal said, on May 7, 2013 at 4:26 am

        The make-up has to be layered on quite thick as it’s part of the costume, like stage make-up. Pretty sure it is waterproof as it never seems to run, and the men and women alike invariably look drenched at the end. 🙂

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  7. Timi said, on May 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Such a lively group, you can feel all that energy coming through the pictures! Love them!

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