Nakameguro – often voted one of the top places to live in Tokyo. I’d love to live there, maybe one day! It’s so close to Shibuya and yet has a local atmosphere all of its own. Cool cafes, bars, small shops and most importantly some pretty good izakaya! Last time here I was on a walk from Ebisu, but last Saturday evening it was the annual Awaodori festival that pulled me here…plus I couldn’t miss out on seeing our own Backstreet Guide Rie showing off her street moves!
It’s the first time I had been and we had a really good night. Some of the Tokyo festivals can be big and brash and hard to see anything at all amongst the thousands that swarm there, but this was just the right size, enough to keep you interested for a couple for hours but not so big you couldn’t get close the action. I won’t go into the details of Awa dance festival, you can find more info here.
This awaodori was a local version of original and largest dance festival in Shikoku and was made up of around 15-20 local teams of choreographed dancers each with their own routines, chants and costumes. Although they are divided into teams it is in no way a competition – well apparently anyway!
Many of you have had Rie guide you around Tokyo, but she took Saturday off to join in her first ever Awaodori – how was it Rie?
Brilliant, hard work and it felt great to be part of the team…thanks guys!
Well, we thought she did a great job, despite limited practice and she plans on joining again next year!
Hope you enjoy the photos and the highlights video below. We also want to say a big thank you to the Meguro Hojinkai and to Sakura House, (a Tokyo real estate company and friends of The Backstreet Guides), for inviting Rie to join them this year.
Our very much amateur video of the highlights of the 2012 Nakameguro Awaodori – filmed on a phone camera by my friend Kwon!