The biggest attraction at Kagurazaka Festival is the Awa-Odori (Awa Dance), which is a type of traditional Japanese dance done during the Obon season (July-August).
It's widely known as the dance of Tokushima Prefecture, but it became so popular that there are now festivals nation-wide that features Awa-Odori. I love watching everyone do this dance. There are different styles of dance for men and women, one wild and energetic and the other feminine and alluring. And as in various dances, there were groups that did traditional dances and others who were much more modern.
The movements are often quite quick and my camera really couldn't keep up, especially since it was dark out, and most of the photos ended up blurred. But I liked how some of the photos turned out.
The girls were calling out "Ya-tto-sa Ya-tto-sa!" while dancing down the avenue. So were some people watching in the crowd. (You can hear it here.)
It's a great show and really a whole lot of fun for everyone around!
Watch a great video with many Awa-Odori groups from this year here!