Warakuren was established in 1976.  It is a member of the Koenji Awa Odori Association. Warakuren (和樂連) means the team (連) of fun (樂) and harmony (和). While respecting the tradition of authentic Awa Odori, Warakuren’s fun performance encourages the audience to want to dance. Having many members with international backgrounds, Warakuren transmits the joy of easy Awa Odori in multiple languages. In spite of the pandemic affecting the festivals in Japan, Warakuren is striving to keep the festival spirit to bring joy to festival lovers in Japan and around the world. Everybody, say “Yattosa!”  Have fun and dance with us!

Awa Odori / 阿波踊り

Originating over 400 years ago in Tokushima on the island of Shikoku in Japan, Awa Odori literally translates as Awa Dance. Awa was the ancient name of Tokushima. Unlike the slower paced Bon Odori, Awa Odori is a dynamic, intense dance that will get your heart beating. The dance and associated summer festivals have spread all around Japan. The Koenji Awa Odori festival which is usually held on one weekend in late August attracts over 10,000 dancers and an amazing audience of one million people. It is not to be missed in your future visits to Japan!

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