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Minamikoshigaya Awaodori – Ebisuren

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on August 29, 2014

Last weekend was the high point of the year for all Awaodori fans in and around Tokyo. Two massive festivals took place, the grand Koenji Awaodori Festival and also the Minamikoshigaya Awaodori Festival up in Saitama Prefecture, just north of Tokyo. The Saitama festival takes place on broad modern streets, much different from the intimate and down to earth Koenji festival, so there is a big difference in how the two festivals compare. Although not nearly as big and varied as the Koenji festival the Minamikoshigaya festival manages to attract several of genuine Tokushima teams which are generally regarded as the best in the world. It is not really fair to compare the teams, but there are some truly exceptional teams in terms of skill to be seen in this festival. One of them, a personal favorite and quite famous around the country is the Ebisuren straight from Tokushima Prefecture itself. They performed late in the evening of this very long festival but gave a near perfect performance, as usual.

Next year come August, if you wan’t to see Awaodori but are not too keen on the crowds of Koenji, I recommend trying out Minamikoshigaya, it is easy to get there from Tokyo as the Hanzomon subway line connects all the way through.

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  1. Anas Azhar said, on August 29, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Reblogged this on JoUrnal to sUccess and commented:
    berikan saja!

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  2. Mikku said, on August 29, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Such a shame that this clashes with Koenji though I guess you could do one on Sat and the other on Sun!

    Like


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