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Tokushima’s Awa Odori Kaikan: Join the wild ‘fool’s dance’



17. February. 2018

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The Awa Odori is an incredibly vibrant traditional dance, accompanied by equally spirited celebrations, that is performed each August to mark Obon, a Buddhist festival for the repose of the dead. Originating in Tokushima, the dance has gradually spread across all of Japan and recently even been held as far away as Paris. Tokushima, however, remains Awa Odori’s spiritual home. The region’s culture is deeply entwined with the dance, and Tokushima City is home to the Awa Odori Kaikan where performances can be enjoyed, and participated in, all year round.

Tokushima’s Awa Odori Kaikan: Join the wild ‘fool’s dance’

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