Tokyo Koenji Awaodori, which first began in 1957 as a festival to revitalize the shopping street in front of Koenji Station, has gradually expanded to become an event which 62 years later encompasses the whole Koenji region. The event is held with the aim of connecting people with each other and the community, encouraging local prosperity and contributing to cultural exchange with foreign countries and regions within Japan.
Outline of the 62nd Tokyo Koenji Awaodori
Event subtitle: “Dance with passion in your eyes”
17:00 – 20:00 Saturday, August 25 / Sunday, August 26
There will be Awaodori dance performances at a total of 8 performance zones around JR Koenji Station, and indoor stage performances at 2 local venues.
Participants : 168 ren (groups) totaling 12,000 dancers (over 2 days)
Number of spectators : 470,000 on Saturday, 25/ 460,000 on Sunday, 26
Staff : Executive Committee for the event (includes members of local business associations and neighborhood associations), co-organizer (Suginami-ku) and volunteers (mainly students and working people, as well as collaborations with local elementary and junior high schools).
Stage performances :
Taking place at two venues, Sesion Suginami and ZA-KOENJI Public Theatre, these popular events offer something different from the street performances, making full use of lighting and sound.
【Tokyo Koenji Awaodori Promotional Board】
Awaodori, which developed as a traditional performing art of Tokushima, is held as the local event Tokyo Koenji Awaodori every summer in Koenji, Suginami-ku. As well as linking Awaodori’s history to the future, the Promotional Board’s activities are designed to strengthen the roots of the dance as an example of regional culture. As well as widely canvassing for human resources amongst Awaodori aficionados in order to implement year-round performance and experience programs and promote the spread of Awaodori through performances in multiple regions in Japan and overseas, the organization hopes its activities will contribute to personal development and community-building.
executive director, executive director
Tokyo Koenji Awaodori Promotional Board
Koenji Pal Plaza 4F,3-57-10,Koenjiminami,Suginamiku,Tokyo 166-0003
JR Koenji Station area , Suginami City, Tokyo