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Koenji Awaodori Festival – August Event

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on July 1, 2014

At the end of August every year Tokyo prepares for the massive Koenji Awaodori parade and performance. Over 10 000 dancers from all over Japan join in to make this two day event one of the biggest traditional dance festivals in the country. Koenji is not big and the place get absolutely packed as hundreds of thousands of people cram into every available alley and sidewalk to watch the hundreds of teams performing.

Last year I visited on one of the days, and saw dozens of teams, three of which I share here. The Wakakomaren (若駒連) from Tokyo, the Hamamatsuren (浜松連) from Shizuoka Prefecture’s Hamamatsu City, and the Yamagata ‘ndazuren (山形んだず連) obviously from Yamagata prefecture. Although the official homeland of Awaodori is in Shikoku’s Tokushima Prefecture the attraction of this kind of dance is so powerful that it has spread all over the country.

If you are in Tokyo during August 23rd and 24th, don’t miss this big event!



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  1. Mikku said, on July 1, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Definitely one of the highlights of the summer!! I love finding a spot in the narrow, side streets (after stocking up on beer and snacks from the combini), sitting down and soaking up the atmosphere. I’ll be there again this year!


    • tokyobling said, on July 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

      It is nerve wracking trying to pick a spot. The narrow side streets are great for sitting down too bad you miss out on the glorious set pieces! On the other hand, the wider streets means you are too far from the action. It is a hard choice!


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