Saturday, August 04, 2012
The dance has a long history. Awa is the old feudal name for what is now the prefecture of Tokushima and the origins of Awa Odori are believed to date from the late 16th century and the completion of the town's castle and a drunken dance that followed in celebration.
There are dances during the day called nagashi and more exuberant dances at night known as zomeki. The dance steps are fixed and vary for the two sexes. A visit to the Awa Odori Kaikan (Tel: 611 1611) in town will fill the visitor in on all he or she needs to know about the dance as well as the steps for each dance.
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