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The Second Koiwa Awaodori Festival

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on July 6, 2015

Last Saturday was the grand Koiwa Awaodori festival, perhaps one of the first, bigger Awaodori festivals in central Tokyo of the year. This was only the second annual festival, making it one of the youngest festivals of this kind in Tokyo. True to form, this year the rain was pouring down just like on the inaugural event last year! The dancers and musicians of this traditional dance from from Tokushima Prefecture in southern Japan held strong though and danced the entire two hours of the main event, despite the pouring rain.

I took these photos in the beginning of the festival, of the famous Asakusa Kaminariren (浅草雷連) and the new for me but excellent Eboshiren (笑星連) from Kanagawa Prefecture. Both teams were excellent in high form! As soon as the rain period ends the Awaodori season here in Tokyo beings in earnest – I can hardly wait!






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  1. Mikku said, on July 6, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    My favourite thing about the Japanese summer!


  2. Mikku said, on July 9, 2015 at 3:53 am

    I’m hoping to go to Kyodo the weekend after next, but do you know if there are any on this coming weekend?


    • tokyobling said, on July 9, 2015 at 7:22 am

      There are several performances, but no real big festivals. The biggest is the Hasune Awaodori in northern Tokyo, with five teams starting at 1700 on Saturday. If you want to sit in a nice chair and watch a show there is the Zomeki Yamato 2015 on Sunday with eleven teams, perfect if you want to see actual zomeki style performances and not just the standard parade. Tickets are 1000 JPY but you will have to leave Tokyo a little! (^-^)


  3. Mikku said, on July 15, 2015 at 5:26 am

    I couldn’t catch these in the end (I went to meiji jingu to watch the Swallows instead) but am planning a trip to Kyodo this weekend!! Can’t wait!!


    • tokyobling said, on July 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Kyodo will be fun! Arrive a few hours before to catch all the other events before the Awadori starts!


  4. Mikku said, on July 15, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks for the tip! If I see a gaijin with a big camera lens then I shall assume it’s you 😉


    • tokyobling said, on July 16, 2015 at 1:45 am

      There are usually quite a few photographers, dozens really, and one or two that really looks like me as well! (^-^)


  5. rudyhou said, on November 2, 2015 at 8:10 am

    they all seem to be very happy to perform. it makes the ambiance feels very festive.


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