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Takarabune, the Dynamic Awa Odori Dance Troupe!

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Do you love watching traditional Japanese dances, yet sometimes wish they had a bit more ‘oomph’ in them? Wish no more, for the singing and dancing force of nature that is Takarabune will be descending upon our HYPER JAPAN Festival for some truly hyper Awa Odori performances!

Over a million tourists flock to Tokushima Prefecture, Japan, in August every year to see the mass spectacle that is Awa Odori. Thousands of dancers and musicians dance through the streets, wearing distinctive traditional costumes and singing along to the accompanying lutes, drums and other instruments. It is quite a sight to behold, but somehow dance troupe Takarabune manage to trump even this mesmerising spectacle, with their outrageously dynamic and daring routines which are based on this traditional dance!

Takarabune push the limits of Awa Odori with their aggressive, vigorous and at times comedic dance style, and have gained a reputation as the hottest Awa Odori group (ren) in Japan. Their members, who are mostly in their teens and twenties, are all trained in both dancing and musical accompaniment, allowing Takarabune to put on a uniquely powerful show! Their one-man performances in Tokyo have been met with resounding approval, as have their appearances in the US, China and other countries around the world.

You can enjoy the onstage dance fest, their first in the UK, at our Festival Stage. Make sure to check out the video below to witness Takarabune in action!