This festival should really be called the ‘cute kids festival’. Little elementary school children packed the main street stretching between Iidabashi Station and Kagurazaka Station. Awa Odori is a dance festival, originally from Tokushima prefecture, with groups of traditional dancers and musicians. This year’s Kagurazaka Awa Odori was held over four days: July 23, 24, 25, and 26.
At 6pm, the festivities kicked off. The children, in different ‘teams’, chanted and danced (wildly waving their arms in the air) as they made their way up the congested street.
As night drew near, the ‘professionals’ showed us all how it’s done. The Awa Odori dance is quite unique and eye-catching. The girls twist their body, knees high, arms out. Those sandals can’t be easy to dance in!
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