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Shimokitazawa Awaodori – Yattokoren

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on August 12, 2014

Sunday’s Awaodori festival in Setagaya Ward’s Shimokitazawa was just as amazing as usual. The whole night and day before the festival saw strong winds and rain which lasted until 5 minutes before the festival was due to start, when the rain and clouds disappeared in perfect meteorological timing. As the festival kicked off the streets were nearly empty but people soon returned and by the end it was almost as crowded as usual.

I saw one of my favorite teams, the ever fantastic Yattokoren (やっとこ連) in their cool looking green-orange-white uniforms. I have blogged about them earlier here and here. If you missed this festival you have your big chance at the end of this month, the grand Koenji Awaodori Festival, the biggest Awaodori festival outside of Tokushima and one of the biggest festivals in Tokyo period.










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  1. Mikku said, on August 12, 2014 at 6:45 am

    The weather gods were definitely smiling!!


    • tokyobling said, on August 12, 2014 at 9:05 am

      They were indeed! There were a few of us awaholics pressed up against the walls in the near vertical torrents of water that fell just before the start, praying fervently! (^-^;)


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