Tokushima Celebrates the Awa Dance Festival this Summer

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Summer in Japan is known for its famous festivals and events. Hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists from different parts of the world look forward to visiting the Land of the Rising Sun during the summer season in order to personally witness and take part in these vibrant festivals.


One of the most popular and largest summer dance festivals and cultural events in Japan is Awa Odori which is particularly celebrated in several locations throughout Tokushima Prefecture in Shikoku area and some parts of Tokyo from August 12 to 15 as part of the Obon Festival. Year in and year out, the dance fest attracts more than a million spectators and participants worldwide. The dance festival started last Monday, August 12, 2019.


Awa Odori originated more than four hundred years ago and is derived from a traditional custom of Japanese Buddhists that gives tribute to ancestral spirits. The four day summer event showcases various groups of musicians and dancers who parade through the streets featuring traditional musical instruments such as drums, lutes, flutes and bells. The performers who participate in the street dancing chant in chorus and dance in a synchronized manner. They wear kimono inspired costumes with hair bands or straw hats.


In addition to the main event, guests and festival goers may also enjoy a wide selection of Japanese street foods that provide a one of a kind gastronomic experience during the Awa Odori festival since a number of food stalls are situated around Tokushima prefecture.

According to the organizers of the event, more than a million people, both participants and spectators joined the Awa Odori last 2018. This year, they expect to welcome more local and international tourists during the course of the dance festival. The organizers of Awa Odori anticipate a great surge of festival goers despite the predicted tropical storm during the last day of the event.


Reference: Tokushima’s famous Awa Odori festival kicks off


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