With recent trips the bug to edit a landscape piece has grown fierce, but at the same time, I’m well behind my total goal for the Koenji Awaodori… honestly, I know many people hate the brutal Japanese summer, but I already miss the cicada songs and matsuri energy.
When I studied abroad in Saitama, my host family danced Awa Odori, and I danced with them from literally the day I arrived in their home until a day before I left Japan.
Although Awa Odori is originally from Tokushima on Shikoku, its popularity has spread throughout Japan. There are many Awa Odori groups, and each group is identifiable by the happi coats and kimono they wear.
The happi in this photo belong to the Aoi Ren, or the Aoi Group, which is the same group that I belonged to.
When I look at Awa Odori photos, I look at the happi and kimono to see if it’s the same that I wore. And I wore the blue happi in the photo. I was really happy to see the happi of Aoi Ren here on Tumblr!
Although I’m back in Japan, this time as an English teacher, there is no Awa Odori group where I live. I really miss the music and dancing around Japan, but hopefully I’ll be able to visit my host family next year and dance with them in the summer — hopefully in Tokushima!!