The pictures from the previous post were taken at “Awa Odori” 阿波踊り festival in Koenji (Tokyo) two weeks ago. It is a “matsuri” original from Tokushima (Shikoku), but it is also celebrated in Tokyo since the fifties.
I went with Roy who is very experienced, he is being attending Awa Odori during more than 15 years! He explained me all the different dancing styles (There is a dance called “the stupid dance”), why Awa Odori is different from other “matsuris”, and I also learned that 江戸っ子連 (Edokko-ren) is the best dancing group.
About the origin of Awa Odori, it seems that 500 years ago, a daimyo (feudal lord) from the Awa province organized a big party to celebrate a new castle’s inauguration. After drinking lots of sake, people started playing music, danced and ended up “making up” new dancing styles and songs that ended up becoming a tradition till our days.
Roy also helped me to get the BEST shooting point! I took more than 400 pics, here are some of the best ones. Look at the geta the girls are wearing, and how do they dance only using the first half of the shoe.