Tokushima’s famous Awa Odori festival kicks off


Tokushima Prefecture’s famous Awa Odori dance festival kicked off in the streets of Tokushima City on Monday night. More than 1 million people are expected to visit during the four-day event which is one of Japan's most famous summer dance festivals.

Awa Odori, which originates from a Japanese Buddhist custom of honoring the spirits of ancestors, features groups of dancers and musicians, parading through the streets to the sound of traditional music instruments such as lutes, drums, flutes and bells. Sporting kimono-like costumes with hair bands or straw hats, they chant in chorus and dance in synchronized routines.

Last year, more than one million people, including participants and spectators, took part in the festival, according to organizers. The number this year is expected to be about the same, although an approaching tropical storm, which is expected to bring rain to the area on Thursday, may disrupt the last day’s events.

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Would rather see that than the Olympics.

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Million people.....damn that is a lot!

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The Yosakoi parade in Kochi is pretty awesome too. I’d like to see this one sometime as well.

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Top of my bucket-list. Hope I can go there next year.

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Looks like it might rain on their parade.

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I need to go at least once.

Cheers to everyone, hope you have a good time!

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I'm with BeerDeliveryGuy - Yosakoi in Kochi is just tremendous.

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1,000,000 thanks.

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