The Awa Odori dance festival in Tokushima is perhaps the largest and most famous in Japan, taking place every year in August. For those who can’t make the trip to Tokushima, the rendition of Awa Odori in Koenji, Tokyo, is far more accessible and every bit as lively. I had a chance to attend in 2015, and I subsequently shared a series of photos on, along with a brief general overview of the event.