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Tonight – Koenji Awaodori – Hisagoren

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on August 24, 2014

The biggest mainland Awaodori festival of the year is taking place right now at Koenji. The massive Koenji festival attracts almost a million visitors and features over 10 000 dancers and musicians in one of the most epic festivals of the year here in Tokyo. Starting at 1700 these days (but with plenty of sporadic dancing from around noon to 1600 during the day as well) you get a good view of the teams in daylight as well as dusk and evening. I took these photos of the Hisagoren (ひさご連) at yesterday’s festival. Especially the chibi dancers up front were as cute as buttons!

Tonight will be even better as the teams give their best for the final show. Since this is the biggest event for many teams around Japan many of them have been training hard especially for this night, so if you are in Tokyo and don’t mind the heat and the crowds, go over there and cheer them on!














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  1. Mikku said, on August 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I made it there as well last night and it was excellent, as always! Hoping to head back along the Chuo line this weekend for the Mitaka matsuri – will you be going?


    • tokyobling said, on August 26, 2014 at 3:38 am

      Great! Not decided yet! There is a lot of stuff going on this weekend! (^-^;)


  2. Mikku said, on August 27, 2014 at 9:23 am

    More awaodori?


  3. picsfromsomewhere said, on August 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Was there, loved the ambiance and the final on sunday was gorgeous! Your pics are very, very nice 🙂


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