Join Awa Odori New York Ren!

Awa Odori New York Ren was established in 2019 by the collaboration of Tokushima Kenjin Kai (Tokushima Prefecture Association) and Japan Performing Arts, Inc. Awa Odori New York Ren introduces Awa Odori in the United States.

Awa Odori is a Bon Odori from Tokushima Prefecture, which is the most famous Bon Odori in Japan.

It is said that there are approximately 1000 Rens (groups) in Japan and they gather to perform their dances from August 12th to the 15th every year in Tokushima.

Awa Odori is regarded as one of the Big Thee Bon Odori dances along with Nishimonai Bon Odori of Akita and Gujo Odori from Gifu. It is a beautiful and energetic dance with approximately 400 years of history.

Unlike the typical circular dance formation of other Bon Odori, Awa Odori is famous for its procession style. Its style was developed out of the necessity because Tokushima City is made out of many small islands (i.e. no plaza space to form a circle) by the soil brought by Yoshinogawa River. The currently popular dance format was developed by a female dancer in mid-Showa era who determined its distinct style.

Please contact us if you would like to join. The fee is $5 per practice session.

Upcoming Schedule

JPA will start online classes on “How to Wear Yukata” and “Japan’s Big Three Bon Odori.”
These will be limited-time classes until we can resume regular rehearsals at the studios.

Currently, JPA’s activities on Governors Island from August 29th (Sat) through November 1st  (Sun) are still scheduled, but under the Pandemic circumstances, we still do not know if they are going to actually happen.  However, we would like to be prepared for the performance in front of the live audience if we can actually have the event. So please join these classes even if they were to become just for your exercises.

The online classes will be held every Tuesday starting from June 2nd through August 25th.

A) Yukata Wearing Class – Tuesday 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM (Free)
B) Awa Odori & Gujo Odori Class – Tuesday 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (Free)

No class during the 5th week of the month. All schedules for these classes are subject to change.

We will use Zoom for these classes, and send you the link before classes start. You can download Zoom app or browsers extension here.