¥1,500/person (advance), ¥2,000/person (at door), ¥500 yen discount for students with ID, ¥1,000 discount for children ages 6-15
- Za Koenji Theater (Awa-Odori Hall, B2)
2 Chome-1-2, Koenji-kita, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 5 minutes from JR Koenji Station
- 2:50pm - 4:30pm, once every other month
- The workshop is conducted in Japanese with English explanations when needed.
[updated March 2019]
■Content: Watch a performance of the traditional Awa-Odori dance, learn about its history, and try dancing
■Materials: instruments etc. provided. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for the dance.
■Location: Za Koenji Theater, Awa-Odori Hall, B2 Level (2 Chome-1-2, Koenji-kita, Suginami, Tokyo)
■Workshop Date/Time: Held bimonthly on a Saturday (Please check schedule at please use this website: http://www.koenji-awaodori.com/stage/stage04.html). Approximately 1.5 hours, usually 3:00pm – 4:30pm on a Saturday (reception opens at 2:50pm)
■Number of Participants: up to 80 participants, registration may close if capacity is reached
■Cost: 1,500 yen per person with advance reservation, 2,000 yen per person at door. Students with ID get a 500 yen discount. Children ages 6 – 15 get a 1,000 yen discount.
■Instructor: you will learn from an actual Koenji Awa-Odori group who rehearse at Za Koenji Theater regularly
■Sign up/schedule/inquiry: For schedule and ticket purchase, please use this website: http://www.koenji-awaodori.com/stage/stage04.html
For inquiries contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants will not only be able to watch performances of the Tokyo Koenji Awa-Odori directly but also learn about the history of the Awa-Odori dance, which originated from Tokushima prefecture. You can also try out a Japanese traditional musical instrument used in the festival, and participants can join dancing to Awaodori and some lucky participants will receive a special gift from the dancers. All explanations are provided in Japanese with English guidance for important points.
The Tokyo Koenji Awa-Odori Festival is one of the most prominent summer festivals in Tokyo held the last weekend of August every year. If the timing of your visit doesn’t allow you to experience the actual event or if you would like to learn more about it, we highly recommend this experience. It is conducted at Za Koenji theater where Awa-Odori dancers practice, so it is an authentic experience. First the audience will be welcomed by opening dance, then learn some of the history as well as the difference between the male and female dance. Next members can try out instruments and everyone will try out one of the traditional dances. At the end you will get a chance to have your photo with the dancers as a lasting memory of your Koenji Awa-Odori experience.
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