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.

Upcoming Schedule

JPA will start online classes on Awa Odori and Gujo Odori
These will be limited-time classes until we can resume regular rehearsals at the studios.

Every Tuesday 7 PM – 8PM Starting November 10, 2020
Fee: free

JPA will begin offering classes for those who wish to participate in next Japan Day Parade in May, 2021.

This class teaches Awa Odori forms and Gujo Odori (Kawasaki & Gegen Barabara – 2 dance pieces)

You can join wearing Yukata or regular exercise clothing.


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

If you would like to join, please write an email to let us know which class you are interested including your name and email address to:
Or please use our online contact form.