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Awa Odori Workshop

  • Nov 14, 2010 · 12:30 PM
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Hi Everyone,

We have an invitation to join some of our members in learning the Awa Odori. This is apparently a practice for Matsuri in February. Below is the invitation. Sounds like a blast!

We want to dance AWA ODORI (one of the most famous Japanese bon dances from Tokushima ) with YOU!! We will present AWA ODORI in the Matsuri Opening event parade (Sat. & Sun, Feb. 26 & 27, 2011 ) and are teaching the Awa Odori dance November 14th. Please join us for the fun!! Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Place: Japanese Friendship Garden
1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

The Japanese Friendship garden opens at 12 noon. You can come early and enjoy the sights at the Garden!! If it’s raining go to the Irish Culture Center :
106 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004(behind the garden)

$5 dedication donation per person (Family discounts: $10 for entire family). Funds go to expenses to bring dancers here for workshops and again for Matsuri weekend.

Instructor: Machiko Fujii (currently from Los Angeles AWA ODORI Tokushima ren, Tokushima native)
Tokushima (on Shikoku) is the home of this famous dance.

The Awa Dance Festival 阿波踊り (Awa Odori) is held from August 12th to the 15th as part of the Obon festival in Tokushima Prefecture in Shikoku in Japan. Awa Odori is the largest dance festival in Japan, attracting over 1.3 million tourists every year. Groups of choreographed dancers and musicians known as ren (連) dance through the streets, typically accompanied by the shamisen lute, taiko drums, shinobue flute and the kane bell. Performers wear traditional Obon dance costumes, and chant and sing as they parade through the streets.

More info: http://en.wikipedia.o... or check it out on Youtube.

Any questions about this project, contact with Ken Koshio :
Next practice is planned on Jan.15 (Sat), 16 (Sun) 2011

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  • scott w.

    I got some nice photos, but seem to have left my download cable in phx, so can't put them up until next weekend. Bummer!

    November 14, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was fun. Each dancer have to be in front of everybody and really taught how to dance from teacher. Kids were running around the beautiful garden and feeding/petting Koi.

    November 14, 2010

  • scott w.

    I talked to Ken Koshio about maybe doing a meetup where our group learns the Taiko drums for an evening or something... I think it would be a fun time, anyone else interested?

    November 14, 2010

  • scott w.

    My first time at the Japanese Friendship Garden. What a cool, tranquil oasis in downtown! Really liked it. The Awa odori was great too! I met Ken Koshio the Taiko drum master and he invited odori teachers from LA out to teach us. They kind of worked us but it was fun! Only wish a few more of us had made it out there. Great family event.

    November 14, 2010

  • scott w.

    Any hints on where to park? And how to find each other inside? I've never been to the Friendship Garden so looking forward to seeing it!

    November 13, 2010

  • scott w.

    Is there a place at the Japanese friendship garden where everyone can find each other? Might be nice if there is a carpool too. Feel free to use this space to arrange the carpool!

    November 7, 2010

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