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Monday, May 05, 2008

Kawagoe breakdance


Kawagoe is a historic castle town to the northwest of central Tokyo, about 45 minutes by express train from Shinjuku. Certain streets of the central city are lined with weighty, ornate old merchant buildings, and, of course, the temples and shrines that grace most Japanese cities. It prospered so much in the Edo era from its trade with nearby Tokyo (then known as Edo) that it became known as "Little Edo."

Kawagoe is now a tourist town attracting over 5 million visitors a year. It is easily accessible from Tokyo on the Seibu Shinjuku Line, JR Saikyo Line, or Tobu Tojo Line.

As we walked the 30 minutes from the JR station to the historic area, we happened upon something rather more contemporary, the final leg of a breakdancing competition.

Watch the breathtaking acrobatics of the two finalists, all to a DJ beat.

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