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

The date we resume our Awa Odori workshops will be finalized sometime in April. Please stay tuned!

Currently, we have been practicing for the performances at Japan Day Parade on Sunday, May 10th , and at JPA Big Three Bon Odori Festival on Saturday, September 5th.
From Mar 15th through May 3th, the workshops are for the Japan Day Parade.