July 26, 2010

Girls at the Kagurazaka Awa Odori Festival

The annual Awa Odori (Awa dance) Festival, held in Kagurazaka every summer. Groups of dancers are each allotted a strip of the street, and they do a folk dance accompanied by live music played with traditional instruments.

The sidewalks were crammed with viewers enjoying a nighttime picnic while watching the dancing.

Lots of girls opted to wear their pretty yukata, in spite of the sweltering heat.

Female dancers wear unusually shaped straw hats.

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