字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント Welcome to Tokushima! This is the Awaodori, the main event of the summer here in Japan. One of the biggest dance festival in all of the world. In Rio de Janeiro there’s the Carnival and in Japan, there’s this! The BIGGEST STREET PARTY in JAPAN! The airport is named after it. The Awaodori or Awa Dance greets disembarking passengers right at the exit. Tokushima takes a lot of pride in their traditional dance festival. So when Tokyoites originally from Tokushima arrive for the summer break, they happily join in. You can’t stand still — so dance! Where is Tokushima? Right down there on Shikoku’s east coast. One of four prefectures on this island. Before we look at Tokushima city, let’s look north to Naruto famous for this bridge and Naruto Whirlpools You can walk under the bridge and observe some of the world’s deepest whirlpools. The Otsuka Museum houses full sized reproductions of major works of art and you can even touch them all. It’s made from ceramics. A full sized Sistine Chapel! The Awa Puppet Theatre is a trip back in time. Now back to Tokushima City Center where the Awaodori will be taking place. The city takes it dancing seriously. On bridges. Street signs. Mail boxes. It’s even on anime form on posters! There! On the right! Try Tokushima Ramen, pork bone and soy broth with a raw egg. Power up for tonight’s festivities. Good ramen! Thumbs up. Afternoon activities are a warm up in front of Tokushima Station. You can’t help but dance! The city is getting ready. The atmosphere is electric. By 6pm, it’s time for — THE MAIN EVENT This is one of the stage areas on route where dancing is choreographed. There are two kinds of dances. The men’s dance which is a powerful crouch. They draw triangles in the air with their hands. Their right foot crossing over their left. Toe first. In the staging area they can rouse up the crowd. Men hold paper lanterns or CHOCHIN instead of the usual fan in this group. In the choreographed dances, men will often show off power to rouse the crowd. You can see how the men smoothly flip their wrists By the way, women can also take part in the men’s dance. The motions are the same. Before we look at the women's dance let’s look at their dress. They were YUKATA and those funny straw hats called AMIGASA. I asked some of the ONNA ODORI or women dancers why it’s shaped like a hard shell taco? The answer? No one knew! But it’s a symbol of both the city and the festival. You can buy one at the Awa Odori Kaikan Building for about 1500 yen. And what about those sandals? Well, they’re GETA colored black, white and red like this. They’re not easy to walk in but important for the dance. Onna Odori tip toe with them. A tap and a step. That can’t be easy. Hats off to the ladies. Back at the main event you can see the ladies with big smiles hands waving up in the air. Tip toe with a tap and the right foot crossing over the left — and so on. While dancing, they chant! YATTOSA! YATTOSA! YATTO! YATTO! Meaning? It encouraged the other dancers. Some REN or (dance) groups are quite large. The musicians are last with the drums. There are professional Awaodori REN or groups but this is also a festival for the people and the NIWAKA REN is where the general public can join in on the parade route. If you’re new, they’ll teach you the dance. Best of all, it’s free to join. No reservations required. The Awaodori is traditionally a massive city wide dance party. It’s believed to have started in 1586 when Tokushima Castle opened locals drinking too much sake and weaving in the streets to the beat of the music. In 1671 we know that it existed for sure because an edict stated SAMURAI were banned from the event because they continuously disgraced themselves with shameful behaviour during the event. When the main event is over, the street partying begins! Near Aibahama Park on the main street and bridge are where some of the biggest crowds seem to be. Participants in the parade give unplanned and random dances where people on the street can dance along. The streets are crowded for 500 meters with dancing and partying. Things start picking up as the night goes on. The energy here is infectious. It’s hard to stand still. When you’re at the Awaodori you’ll probablu also hear the Awa Yoshikono chant. The dancers are fools. The watchers are fools. Both are fools alike so Why not dance? I tossed the camera to a friend and went in to dance too, but — It’s already finished here. Finished?! Yes. This spot had already finished. The party moved on down the street. And away we go! — to the end of this episode with the epilogue. This is the Awaodori. If you’re in Tokushima in August you can not miss this event! All this energy, all this passion — this is Japanese summer and it’s awesome. Make sure you check out the 360 video companion to this Awaodori video on the new ONLY in JAPAN 360 channel Next time I stay in Shikoku to visit Japan’s oldest onsen in Matsuyama which happens to also allow tattooed bathers! This is DOGO ONSEN the inspiration for Ghibli’s “Spirited Away" and one of my favourite places in Japan. Don’t forget your yukata and towel.