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.
During the festival, a Chinese lantern and ground cherry pod fair (Hozuki Ichi) was held at Bishamonten Zenkokuji Temple and vicinity.
The highlight of the festival was the parade of Awa Odori, a local folk dance of Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku Island.
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.
Performers wore traditional obon dance costumes, or summer kimono, and chant and sing as they paraded through the streets.
Men, women and children of all ages from the town enthusiastically participated, wearing colorful yukatas and happi coats.
Finally, a few videos from YouTube …