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Kitanogomonren – Awaodori at Mitamamatsuri

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on July 15, 2014

More photos from the first day of the Mitamamatsuri at Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo. The four day event continues until Wednesday so there’s still plenty of time to see it all! One of the many performances I always try to catch is the awaodori dance by the local team, Kitanogomonren (北の御門連). Few awaodori performances take place at more beautiful places than among the many lanterns of the Mitamamatsuri.

If you are free tonight or tomorrow from 1800 I recommend going to see the festival for yourself!









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  1. Mikku said, on July 15, 2014 at 7:11 am

    I would love to see that but what time does their performance finish, as I don’t think I can get there much before half seven?


    • tokyobling said, on July 15, 2014 at 8:37 am

      I think that they only make one performance at this festival, and this year it was on the 13th. They were supposed to start at 1930 but they got very delayed by the Nebuta performance right before them running late. You’ll have to catch them next year! Awaodori season kicks in for real this month!


  2. Mikku said, on July 15, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for the quick reply! I’ll head home instead and save myself for the weekend, weather permitting 😉


  3. Andrzej Wisniewski said, on July 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks a lot for heads up. We’ll be heading there tomorrow then. Pity the performance is just on Sunday. Nonetheless looks like a beautiful place! Hope to get some good photographs for our blog too. 🙂


    • tokyobling said, on July 17, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Great! I hope you had a good time! (^-^)/


      • Andrzej Wisniewski said, on July 17, 2014 at 7:23 am

        We did indeed. It was suuuuper busy, crawling along with a mass of people before we managed to get to the actual temple. But side food stalls and the whole atmosphere were nice. Great number of photo opportunities, will be editing them today. Great place, but need to visit on normal day. We live just 20mins by walk from there. We did mistake of taking the train, and got stuck with thousands of people there. Haha!


      • Andrzej Wisniewski said, on July 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm

        Yes, it was really a beautiful setup, and the crowds! So many people! Got some good photos though, so I’m happy.


        • tokyobling said, on July 22, 2014 at 3:06 am

          Wonderful photos! So glad to hear that you had a good time. It really was crowded! This year must have been a new visitors record!


  4. alexandracharlottepullen said, on July 26, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Really awesome! Can’t wait to see the city for myself some day…your photos are gorgeous!


    • tokyobling said, on July 29, 2014 at 3:59 am

      Thank you for the kind comment! I hope you get a chance to come visit soon!


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