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Koenji Awa Odori & Harajuku Super Yosakoi 2019

Huge dancing festivals, full of positive energy

Koenji Awa Odori & Harajuku Super Yosakoi in Tokyo 2019 - Best Time
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The entire neighbourhood breaks into dance during the two days of this festival. 10,000 dancers and more than a million visitors, make Awa-Odori one of the biggest street parties in the capital.

Koenji Awa Odori  2019
Koenji Awa Odori

Awa-Odori originates from Tokushima on Shikoku island. According to a legend, the dance was supposedly spontaneously created by the townspeople and has been filling people with happy energy. The "male dance" requires that you bent at the waist and keep low to the ground. The "female dance" is done on raised geta sandals. You need to raise your hands and lead with the same hand and foot as you move. Koenji Awa-Odori was held for the first time in 1957 and over the years the festival has grown a lot, becoming one of the main events of the summer.

Koenji Awa Odori  2019
Koenji Awa Odori

The modern take on traditional Awa-Odori dancing is in full display at Tokyo's most hip neighbourhoods of Harajuku and Omotesando. Over two days about 100 regional teams compete in dancing all day long. The biggest of the five stages of the festival is set up in Yoyogi Park. The four other stages are located in Harajuku, along Omotesando Avenue, in Meiji-jingu’s Bunkakan parking lot, and the street in front of NHK building near JR Harajuku Omotesando exit.

Super Yosakoi 2019
Super Yosakoi

Both festivals are held during the last weekend of August.

Super Yosakoi 2019
Super Yosakoi
Koenji Awa Odori & Harajuku Super Yosakoi in Tokyo - Best Season 2019
Awa Odori Matsuri 2019
Awa Odori Matsuri
Awa Odori Matsuri 2019
Awa Odori Matsuri
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