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Tonight – Koenji Awaodori Festival

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

Tonight starting at 1700 is the biggest Awaodori festival in mainland Japan, the Koenji Awaodori Matsuri. Running since 1957 it attracts about one million visitors and over 10 000 dancers during the two night event. Up until 2011 it always started at 1800, like most Awaodori festivals but in order to save electricity is has been set to start at 1700 since then, which in my opinion works well because you get both a little light and a little night.

However, there is also another massive Awaodori festival taking place in Minamikoshigaya in nearby Saitama tonight, as well as a huge Yosakoi festival in Harajuku. Lots of options tonight!

I took these photos from last year’s festival on the outer edges of the festival area, which are usually not very crowded. Here’s the great Shinjuku Ward Office official team the Tsutsujiren (新宿区役所つつじ連), the Awaodori Tamaki (阿波踊りたまき) and the Mitakaginzaren (みたか銀座連)!

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  1. Dina Farmer said, on August 23, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I love how they are just in the street and everyone just goes outside to watch. It’s amazing. Nothing exactly like that in the states. Sure we have parades but nothing as intimate as that!

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    • tokyobling said, on August 25, 2014 at 6:59 am

      Thanks for the comment Dina! This is what comes from a society where shared social trust is very high. I know I love it. Also, Japanese cities are very mixed-use, meaning that people lived about their shops, have the factory in the back yard or there is a mix of types of buildings and businesses one every street.

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