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Hatsudai Awaodori Festival – Tonight

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

Last night was the start of the annual Awaodori Matsuri at Shibuya ward’s Hatsudai, just next to Shinjuku. The festival started just as the rain started falling but after a few minutes the rains subsided and the festival could start of for real. Hatsudai is home to a few awaodori dance teams, the most famous being the Hatsudairen. Since yesterday was an ordinary weekday here in Tokyo most of the teams were smaller than usual but today is a public holiday and the teams should be back in full strength! This is the last of the major Tokyo awaodori festivals so here is your chance!

The festival is easily reached by the Toei Shinjuku Line, south exit.

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