Awakko-Ren is a Bay Area Awa Odori group founded in 2011 by Tokushima Kenjin-Kai. We practice and perform all year round.

Banner Photo by 重永マーク


We welcome all levels of experience, and would love an opportunity to share Awa Odori with you.

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What is Awa Odori?


Awa Odori is the largest dance festival in Japan, celebrated in the streets of Tokushima City every August for over 400 years. It takes place during the Japanese Obon festival, where people celebrate the returning of spirits of their ancestors for a few days each year.

The Dance

There are two styles of dance, one feminine and one masculine. Female dancers can partake in both the male and female dances. The basic rule of this dance is to move your right arm forward with your right leg and your left arm forward with your left leg in turns to the two-beat rhythm.


The dance is driven by the beat of the Kane bell and Taiko Drum. A shinobue flute and shamisen lute provide lyrical composition for the audience to enjoy.


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