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Awaodori Season Soon Starting – Awaodori Beauties

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on June 23, 2014

It is that time of the year again, it is time to get ready for the Awaodori dance festival season to start again! Despite being quite far from the Awaodori homeland, the island prefecture of Tokushima in the south of Japan, Tokyo is actually home to over a dozen big Awaodori festivals, and there are even more if you count the ones in nearby Saitama prefecture and Kanagawa prefecture.

I took these photos of some Awaodori beauties of all ages back in mid-season last year. These dancers are part of several different teams, or “ren” as they are called: The Tomoeren (巴連), The Keyakiren (けやき連), the famous Shinsuiren (新粋連) and the cleverly named Narimasu Chirudoren (成増チルド連) that is focused on kids.

One of the first big Awaodori festivals (there are many more, smaller ones) to hit Tokyo is the Kagurazaka festival in July, and also smaller ones in Hasune, and bigger ones in Shimokitazawa. Since I am a complete Awaodori fool you can find most of the big Awaodori festivals covered in the “back issues” of this blog. Just use the tags at the bottom to find them!

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  1. Mikku said, on June 23, 2014 at 5:38 am

    For me, awaodori IS the sight and sound of Japanese summertime – can’t wait!!!

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