Tokyobling's Blog

Awaodori Rock Stars – Shinoburen

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on August 15, 2013

I don’t know about your country, but just sometimes even amateur folk dance troupes get the rock star treatment! It happened at the end of the Awaodori festival in Tokyo’s Shimokitzawa district last weekend, the Shinoburen from Koenji performed their set piece on barely enough ground to walk on, let alone dance. There were just so many people crowded around to catch the set. People cheered, clapped and shouted encouragement to the dancers as they braved near record levels of heat to entertain us. It must be great to be the center of all that love and energy! If you have ever seen an Awaodori street performance like this you will know what I mean when I say that I was enjoying the buzz from an Awodori high! Granted, Shinoburen is one of the bigger and more famous teams in Tokyo, but I dare say they have some of the most dedicated fans! I really can’t wait for the huge Koenji festival in Tokyo at the end of this month. Just a few more days to go…!














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  1. dafarmer said, on August 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Wow, that is amazing! So, cool that they do that there!!


  2. Mustang.Koji said, on August 16, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Looks like you withstood the heat and humidity as well! Once again, such phenomenal low light photography!


  3. yoshizen said, on August 17, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Vibrant atmosphere, well captured !
    —- but, haven’t they got something more serious business to do ? Ha ha ha 😀
    (In Japanese expression = Suki da ne ! )


    • tokyobling said, on August 25, 2013 at 5:18 am

      Thank you Yoshizen! Awaodori is serious business! I’d be a wreck if I didn’t get my dose of Awa every summer! (^-^;)


  4. DoF@theinfill said, on August 23, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Very beautiful and full of life and energy


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