Kagurazaka Matsuri

Kagurazaka Matsuri Festival was held on July 22 to 25, 2009.  Marking its 36th year, this festival is a popular summer event in the Kagurazaka area, near Shinjuku, a known destination for strolling through preserved old back streets full of nostalgic atmosphere.

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During the festival, a Chinese lantern and ground cherry pod fair (Hozuki Ichi) was held at Bishamonten Zenkokuji Temple and vicinity.

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The highlight of the festival was the parade of Awa Odori, a local folk dance of Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku Island.

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Groups of choreographed dancers and musicians known as ren danced through Kagurazaka Dori Street, accompanied by the shamisen lute, taiko drums, shinobue flute and the kane bell.

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Performers wore traditional obon dance costumes, or summer kimono, and chant and sing as they paraded through the streets.

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Men, women and children of all ages from the town enthusiastically participated, wearing colorful yukatas and happi coats.

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Finally, a few videos from YouTube …

12 thoughts on “Kagurazaka Matsuri

      • No, I stayed around Radio Land on Saturday (I only get 2 30-minute breaks for “lunch” during the day so there’s not much I can do at any given time) and didn’t know there was anything going on in Akihabara. What did I miss?

          • Was this in the plaza in front of the Dai building, at the foot of the escalator/crossover bridge? I knew that there was something happening related to the month-long AGF09 event, but when I passed by during my 1 PM break, there were a lot of people standing around but nothing going on at the stage. Obviously, I missed all the good stuff on Saturday.

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