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    Awa Dance Festival

    The earliest origins of the dance style are found in the Japanese Buddhist priestly dances of Nembutsu-odori and hiji-odori of the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), and also in kumi-odori, a lively harvest dance that was known to last for several days.[2]
    The Awa Odori festival grew out of the tradition of the Bon odori which is danced as part of the Obon "Festival of the Dead", a Japanese Buddhist celebration where the spirits of deceased ancestors are said to visit their living relatives for a few days of the year.

    Some evidence of the festival's history
    1. The bon-odori may be danced for only three days.
    2. Samurai are forbidden to attend the public celebration. They may dance on their own premises but must keep the gates shut. No quarrels, arguments or other misbehaviour are allowed.
    3. The dancing of bon-odori is prohibited in all temple grounds.

    KOENJI AWA ODORI (Aug. 25 to Aug. 26)
    Access: The JR Chuo Line to Koenji Sta.

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    1. necydalis 31 months ago | reply

      great framing, stunning shot my friend!!!

    2. Loopzilla62 31 months ago | reply

      love the details

    3. [Anthony T.] 31 months ago | reply

      Nice... love the patterns and the little bit of motion!

    4. --Mark-- 31 months ago | reply

      Fantastic work! Beautiful details.

    5. Ptoke 31 months ago | reply

      Nice capture!

    6. stigkk 31 months ago | reply

      Skriking image!

    7. googlebuzzman 31 months ago | reply

      Listen to the music of AWA ODORI (The Dance of the Fools)

      踊る阿呆に (Odoru ahou ni)
      The dancers are fools
      見る阿呆 (Miru ahou)
      The watchers are fools
      同じ阿呆なら (Onaji ahou nara)
      Both are fools alike so
      踊らな損、損 (Odorana son, son)
      Why not dance?

    8. O.Buksh 31 months ago | reply

      wow !
      amazing !
      and great focus :)

    9. fake_plastic_earth 30 months ago | reply

      ahhhh this is so beautiful~!

    10. mefisto.s 30 months ago | reply

      simply beautiful

    11. m.kbys 30 months ago | reply

      Great capture !!

    12. xamad 30 months ago | reply

      love your framing :)

    13. masuo.f 30 months ago | reply

      Splendid !

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