Shimokitazawa Ichibangai Awa-Odori

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Shimokitazawa Ichibangai Awa-Odori

Granted, it's a minnow compared to the Koenji Awa-Odori that takes place a couple of weeks later, but Shimokitazawa's version of the famed dancing-in-the-streets fest (originally from Tokushima) has a unique charm of its own. Now into its 49th year, the Shimokitazawa Awa-Odori sees teams of dancers romp along the neighbourhood's main shopping streets in the evening, then dazzle the assembled hordes with their own special routines later on. Be sure to hang around afterwards, when the area is engulfed in a wave of booze-sodden joie de vivre.

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