Awa Odori (阿波おどり) or the “Dance of Fools” is a parade-style type of dance. As its style is casual and easy to learn, it can easily be adopted by different age groups. That’s why many people enjoy the Awa Odori Festival, where not only the professional “dance groups” (ren 連), but also the general public can enjoy the party of movements and music! ⁽(◍˃̵͈̑ᴗ˂̵͈̑)⁽

Each year during the Obon (お盆) Buddist season in August, many dance festivals are held in Japan. One of them is the well-known Awa Odori Festival which is held in three main locations: Tokushima (徳島), Koenji (高円寺), and Minami-Koshigaya (南越谷). Tokushima is the most famous among them! ٩(๑˃́ꇴ˂̀๑)۶

THE VERY FIRST AWA ODORI MATSURI IN FRANCE IN 2015

On 1-2 October 2015, France had welcomed 30 dancers and musicians from Tokushima for the very first Awa Odori Festival (Matsuri 祭) in France. The event was held in the Place des Vosges at Le Marais Paris, where the general public had the occasion to discover the Awa Dance as part of the Japanese “matsuri” culture.

During the festival, there was a dance initiation presented by the Japanese dancers to engage the audiences. The Tokushima mascot, Tokushii (トクシィ), had mysteriously found her way to Paris as well! With the magic mix of the men’s dance, women’s dance, as well as the lovely sound of the Japanese traditional instruments such as the three-string shamisen (三味線), shinobue flute (篠笛), taiko drums (太鼓) and bell Kane (鐘), the two-day event was stunning and inspiring! ⤴︎ ε=ε=(ง ˃̶͈̀ᗨ˂̶͈́)۶ ⤴︎

For more information on the Awa Odori event in Paris each year, please check the official Awa Odori Paris website. In the mean time, let’s review the previous video together!!

TSUNAGARI REN IS THE ONLY AWA ODORI DANCE GROUP IN FRANCE TO DATE

Tsunagari Ren (繋連) is the Awa dance group which was created and is led by Ms Ayuko Yonemura Bonnan, who has co-founded Tsunagari Taiko Center with Mr Cola Bonnan. Started a few years ago, Mrs Bonnan has initiated to teach the Awa dance to the french people. She has been actively promoting the dance by participating in various cultural activities. Today, with another principal dance instructor Ms Miho Taguma, Mrs Bonnan is teaching two main groups of students: the beginners group – Paris Ren (パリ連); and the advanced group – Tsunagari Ren (繋連).

If you are curious in the Awa dance, you can check the next performance of Tsunagari Ren on the Tsunagari Taiko Center website, and join them in Paris or elsewhere! If you are heading to Japan for participating in the upcoming Awa Odori Matsuri, why not taking a 3-hour Awa Odori Workshop at Tsunagari Taiko Center to learn the basic steps in advance? It is easy and fun! ⁽⁽٩(๑˃̶͈̀ ᗨ ˂̶͈́)۶⁾⁾ “Yattosa, yattosa!”

Tsunagari Ren participated in “C’est Bon Le Japon”
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