The annual Tokyo Koenji Awa-Odori festival held during the last weekend of August has grown to become Tokyo’s biggest and most quintessential summer street festival, drawing around 10,000 dancers and 1,000,000 spectators.
Organizers of the Tokyo Koenji Awa-Odori, which marks its 60th anniversary this year, are setting their sights beyond Tokyo and Japan by holding Tokyo Koenji Awa-Odori in Taiwan 2017 as a tool to take art and culture exchange to the world. Taipei and New Taipei City already have friendly ties with Tokyo’s Suginami Ward through a junior high school student goodwill baseball exchange program, and an arts and culture exchange with the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts.
By conducting this project on a continual basis going forward, we will raise the visibility of Tokyo Koenji Awa-Odori overseas, and deepen cross-cultural and international understanding among citizens. In doing this we hope to boost the appeal of Tokyo and Suginami as international cities, creating lively, bustling areas and a thriving inbound business for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
【Association for the promotion of Tokyo Koenji Awa-Odori】
Tokyo’s Koenji Awaodori first began in 1957 as a festival to revitalize the small shopping streets throughout the town. Over the years the festival has grown and now over 10,000 dancers and over a 1,000,000 spectators come making it the festival that represents the charms of Tokyo’s summer. The Koenji Awaodori is held every year on the last weekend of August.
Additionally, the Awaodori teams within Koenji (members of the Koenji Awaodori Group) conduct media appearances, participate in a variety of events, foreign relations parties, and more keeping the joy of the Awaodori season year-round.
Association for the promotion of Tokyo Koenji Awa-Odori
Koenji Pal Plaza 4F 3-57-10, Koenjiminami Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-0003
Sea Goddess, New Taipei City, Taiwan、
National Taiwan College of PerformingArts, Taipei City, Taiwan、
Ciyou Temple, Taipei City, Taiwan、