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Koenji Awaodori Festival 2015

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 10, 2015

The end of August is the big weekend for Awaodori enthusiast as it is when the biggest annual festival outside of Tokushima Prefecture takes place. This year was just as massive as usual with huge crowds and tens of thousands of dancers, drummers, flutists etc. I was at my usual spot, selected for the little bend in the road which means that if I am very lucky and get a clear line it looks like the dancers are coming right at me. Which they are, until they turn to follow the road. Here are some photos of just a few of the participating teams: Hisagoren (ひさご連), Tsutsujiren (つつじ連), Tamakiren (たまき連) and Ochjaren (おぢや連).






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  1. John Mallaney said, on September 10, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Wonderful photos and looks like a great time had by all!


  2. Mikku said, on September 10, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I missed it this year so thanks for posting these!


  3. kei said, on September 11, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I love Awaodori, and the way you captured the movement and enthusiasm of the dancers is amazing! Thank you for sharing for those of us overseas ^^


  4. hkloon said, on September 12, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Wonderful… Wish u have some short video clip as well… then again this is a photo blog…


  5. Konni said, on September 12, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I was lucky to visit Japan just at the right time to go to my first Awaodori in Koenji. I went on the second day, but even in the poring rain an amazing number of people showed up and had a great time – myself included. At some points moved over to the covered 商店街, and the acoustics were pretty great. My haphazardly taken iPhone pictures don’t stand a chance compared to your beautiful-as-ever shots, though.


  6. girlwholovesred said, on September 14, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Lovely photos!! What camera are you using? Is the clarity of photos due to high-powered lenses?


  7. rudyhou said, on November 2, 2015 at 7:23 am

    that old guy in the last 2 photos seem to be having so much fun. looks like a very festive occasion.


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