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Hatsudai Awaodori Festival – Ootoriren

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 28, 2013

Last weekend I visited the awaodori festival held every year in Hatsudai, not very far from the heart of Tokyo, near both Shinjuku and Shibuya. The Hatsudai festival is always a little melancholic for us awaodori lovers in Tokyo as it is the last of the bigger awaodori festivals in the city (the last big awaodori festival of the region is in Kawasaki next weekend). The festival in Hatsudai is still small and cozy enough to have small town feel to it and the participating teams are relatively small. One of the teams taking part this year was the Ootoriren, a very small team with a lot of energy! I saw several members from the Sancharen taking part as well so I think they had a lot of backup this time!

This year’s festival was the 44th, and you can tell Hatsudai has a long tradition with this form of dance, as they have no less than six local teams of their own! I am already looking forward to the 45th festival next year!











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  1. Emma Reese said, on September 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    My favorite is those guys with “characters” in the photos near the end. The dancers must recognize you as you do them!


    • tokyobling said, on October 19, 2013 at 4:05 am

      Thanks Emma! I think some of them do. It is fun to interact with them, but not all of them are free to acknowledge me! (^-^;)


  2. GrooveFlyer (@sonicviz) said, on September 30, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I was there too, nice festival!


    • tokyobling said, on October 19, 2013 at 4:09 am

      Nice video! Yes it is a fantastic festival. I think we covered different days! (^-^)


  3. Jonelle Patrick said, on October 1, 2013 at 4:11 am

    You captured the faces of the dancers especially well at this one! They really cheered me up tonight, in foggy not-Japan San Francisco…

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