One of the most important and anticipated summer festivals in Tokyo, Japan, the Koenji Awaodori Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2010, and as usual the event organisers are expecting over one million spectators, who will be entertained by an estimated 12,000 dansers from almost 190 different teams, the so-called “Ren”. In the Awaodori Dance, dancers form a line and take steps forward, so the venue must be very long and straight. In the Tokyo Koenji Awaodori Festival, all the dancing venues are set up along public streets and shopping promenades.
Among many other Awaodori festivals held throughout the nation, the Koenji is the second largest next to the Tokushima, the original festival.
The dancers take this event very seriously, and have usually practiced all year since the last festival, and it is also a chance to show their own costumes. There are both young and old dancers who perform their dances to rhythmic and joyous music through street and shopping areas, and they will end up the last night of the festival in the town of Koenji.
This is a spectacular event that will be well worth visiting for tourists traveling in Tokyo or people who have plans to take a trip to Japan to experience their wonderful culture.
Date/Time : Aug. 28-29, 2010
Location: Vicinity around JR Koenji Station
By Ellen Cashew, staff writer