Awa Odori Festival

Dancers and musicians perform at the Awa Odori festival in Koenji in Tokyo on Sunday, August 26. The dance festival is part of the summer Obon celebrations in Japan in which Japanese honor the spirits of their ancestors. There are choreographed dances and a traditional song the performers sing. The festival in Koenji attracts thousands of dancers and many times that number of spectators.

Men and women usually perform different dances during the festival.

Lanterns function as signs announcing a group of dancers.

Performers play the shinobue flute, a traditional Japanese instrument.

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2 Responses to Awa Odori Festival

  1. Hiro says:

    Hello. My name is Hiro. I live in St. Louis, MO.

    I met your mom today at Jazzercise and she told me about you.
    I looked some of your pictures and they are so beautiful! I love them.
    I used to live setagaya-ku when I was a college student.
    I’m looking forward to seeing more your pictures from Japan.

    Thank you.


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