Awa odori (Awa Dance) is one of the summer seasonal events in Japan. As asame as last year, I witness this energish dane. The detail explanation is as foloows from Wikipedia
The earliest origins of the dance style are found in the Japanese Buddhist priestly dances of Nembutsu-odori and hiji-odori of the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), and also in kumi-odori, a lively harvest dance that was known to last for several days. The Awa Odori festival grew out of the tradition of the Bon odori which is danced as part of the Obon "Festival of the Dead", a Japanese Buddhist celebration where the spirits of deceased ancestors are said to visit their living relatives for a few days of the year. The term "Awa Odori" was not used until the 20th century, but Obon festivities in Tokushima have been famous for their size, exuberance and anarchy since the 16th century. Awa Odori's independent existence as a huge, city-wide dance party is popularly believed to have begun in 1586 when Lord Hachisuka Iemasa, the daimyo of Awa Province hosted a drunken celebration of the opening of Tokushima Castle. The locals, having consumed a great amount of sake, began to drunkenly weave and stumble back and forth. Others picked up commonly available musical instruments and began to play a simple, rhythmic song, to which the revelers invented lyrics. This version of events is supported by the lyrics of the first verse of "Awa Yoshikono Bushi", a local version of a popular folk song which praises Hachisuka Iemasa for giving the people Awa Odori and is quoted in the majority of tourist brochures and websites. However, according to local historian Miyoshi Shoichiro, this story first appeared in a Mainichi Shimbun newspaper article in 1908 and is unsupported by any concrete evidence. It is unclear whether the song lyrics were written before or after this article appeared. Some evidence of the festival's history comes from edicts issued by the Tokushima-han feudal administration, such as this one dating from 1671. 1.The bon-odori may be danced for only three days. 2. Samurai are forbidden to attend the public celebration. They may dance on their own premises but must keep the gates shut. No quarrels, arguments or other misbehaviour are allowed.
3. The dancing of bon-odori is prohibited in all temple grounds.
This suggests that by the 17th century, Awa’s bon-odori was a well established as a major event, lasting well over three days — long enough to be a major disruption to the normal functioning of the city. It implies that samurai joined the festival alongside peasants and merchants, disgracing themselves with brawling and unseemly behaviour. In 1674, it was “forbidden for dancers or spectators to carry swords (wooden or otherwise), daggers or poles”. In 1685 revelers were prohibited from dancing after midnight and dancers were not allowed to wear any head or face coverings, suggesting that there were some serious public order concerns.
In the Meiji Period (1868-1912) the festival died down as the Tokushima's indigo trade, which had financed the festival, collapsed due to imports of cheaper chemical dyes. The festival was revitalised at the start of the Showa Period (1926) when Tokushima Prefectural authorities first coined the name ‘Awa Odori’ and promoted it as the region’s leading tourist attraction. During the daytime a restrained dance called Nagashi is performed, but at night the dancers switch to a frenzied dance called Zomeki. As suggested by the lyrics of the chance, spectators are often encouraged to join the dance.
Men and women dance in different styles. For the men’s dance: right foot and right arm forward, touch the ground with toes, then step with right foot crossing over left leg. This is then repeated with the left leg and arm. Whilst doing this, the hands draw triangles in the air with a flick of the wrists, starting at different points. Men dance in a low crouch with knees pointing outwards and arms held above the shoulders.
The women's dance uses the same basic steps, although the posture is quite different. The restrictive kimono allows only the smallest of steps forward but a crisp kick behind, and the hand gestures are more restrained and graceful, reaching up towards the sky. Women usually dance in tight formation, poised on the ends of their geta sandals.
Children and adolescents of both sexes usually dance the men's dance. In recent years, it has become more common to see adult women, especially those in their 20's, dancing the men's style of dance.
Some of the larger ren (dance groups) also have a tako odori, or kite dance. This usually involves one brightly dressed, acrobatic dancer, darting backwards and forwards, turning cartwheels and somersaults, with freestyle choreography. In some versions, other male dancers crouch down forming a sinuous line representing the string, and a man at the other end mimes controlling the kite.
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macjake (54070) 2011-08-25 16:26
a very unique angle and point of view, the side lighting strikes the faces elegantly, as well as their attire.
i also like the progression of the 3 or 4 ladies.
cheers, from sunny and hot Vancouver
mafegan (8624) 2011-08-25 19:12
Another excellent image in your very recognisable festival series. The clarity is great with the first woman captured in perfect profile. Nice blurred background. Cheers, Marlene
stevesaba (8135) 2011-08-25 20:12
Wow! Very striking and full of energy! Beautiful light and gorgeous colors. Another fine one! Warm regard,
Urs (14082) 2011-08-25 21:25
That is a very lively shot with vibrant colour hues and fine sharpness. Excellent lightening on the face of the woman in the FG. Good photo job and very informative note. Well done
RhodieIke (11512) 2011-08-25 21:30
Hi Takero, What a fantastic photo of these ladies in their dance routine, super colours, love how you have captured their movement side on, Well done, TFS, Cheers Iain.
JFS (32459) 2011-08-25 22:23
Delicious shot, special light, it seems as if they were danging in heaven! Magical scene. thanks dear Takero!
kabel (1615) 2011-08-25 23:29
Hello Beautiful photo. Excellent exposure. Super sharp and with lovely color. You captured a wonderful part of the Japanese traditional costumes and dance art.
baddori (19195) 2011-08-25 23:36
Una profondità di campo al millimetro per soggetti speciali .
Come al solito la leggiadrezza caratterizza gli indumenti femminili .
digbymerry (3998) 2011-08-25 23:50
Wonderful colours and movement. Great capture.
TopGeo (38192) 2011-08-25 23:54
Another excellent image in your very recognisable festival series.Great composition with quality,clarity and details, and framing, perfect light management, wonderful colours! Congratulations!
sevy (15357) 2011-08-26 0:27
Very nice lateral lightning putting nicely in evidence the suits and their watercolors.
Moreover you got a wonderful background, what a bokeh? It goes very well with this subject and gives a soft mood.
marina7 (8051) 2011-08-26 0:50
Wonderful colors and costumes! I especially love the hats, they are so eye-catching:)) Well done and presented.
ikeharel (54195) 2011-08-26 1:16
Wonderful movement collected, with fine pink and light-blue kimono costumes.
Great moment in photo.
lousat (73973) 2011-08-26 1:30
Hi Takero,what a light inside this pic! Magic shot and great point of view and the usual impressive sharpness and brilliant colors,have a nice evening from a warm warm Milano! Luciano
Angshu (55035) 2011-08-26 1:39
Hello dear Takero-san
The picture exudes energy, by their poise, their facial expression & their dance. Amazing are their hats. As always the DOF has been well used. Good work 7 this time with an elaborate note!
With Wram regards from cloudy Mumbai
wolf38 (31068) 2011-08-26 1:51
Hello Takero. A dance performance in traditional festive attire. This is truly a beautiful sight. The photo shows the best technical quality (color, light). Well done. A great shot. Rgds, Wolfgang.
jhm (136708) 2011-08-26 3:21
I see that you took these picture with a Cannon 1V, this type camera see I not in Belgium.
A very succesfully image, high quality picture.
Composition and presentation are pleasant for look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
tusharkmandal (3171) 2011-08-26 3:25
Unparalleled composition. The shot seems to be up in the skies. Its so beautiful and charismatic that its beyond words. TE needs more of these pics now.
elkab (4951) 2011-08-26 3:28
Great composition with perfect quality, sharpness and details (super done with f/2,8). Moody lights management and nice colours.
dale54 (6461) 2011-08-26 4:22
takero,wow this is a shot!lovely done&captured!its so clear i can see her eyes! have a great weekend my friend!
sacavem (18610) 2011-08-26 7:20
Great shot with best exposuer and light control.Very clear and sharp presentation to maintain the tasteful atmosphere.
npecanhuk (62544) 2011-08-26 7:30
Special regards to the chosen pov, composition, vertical format, colors and exposure!
TFS - congrats,
GREGG (7888) 2011-08-26 8:40
nice to watch, great shot...
annjackman (18497) 2011-08-26 10:24
There is a lot of energy in this photo. I also like the pink and blue tones seen throughout the picture. Beautifully captured with a well chosen DOF. Excellent!
Best wishes, Ann
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-08-26 10:28
A nice presentation of these women in a dancing pose. I like the pink and blue kimonos. What charming hats they are wearing. Superb shot with great colors and sharpness.
ravinmb (1303) 2011-08-26 10:38
This is awesome shot. I love the DOF and the light on the faces. Its bright and beautiful.
TFS & have a wonderful weekend.
bema (26289) 2011-08-26 10:38
Hi Takero, my dear friend..
after all those lovely kids-pictures, we are now back on the womens.. and i think, the beautiness of them is really good to be seen.. exciting danc epose, lovely colors a real good take, once again!
thanks for sharing, see you around, cheers Bernd
Budapestman (82620) 2011-08-26 13:58
Hi Dear Takero,
an amazing photo with superb composition, great colours and lights, the timing is excellent, an elegant and beautiful photo, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
siudzi (32829) 2011-08-26 14:12
I really would like to see one day one of these amazing festivals! This shot is truly outstanding. Love the poses of dancers, their great costumes, perfect quality of the image. Beautiful work.
emka (75107) 2011-08-27 23:11
This is so beautiful a picture. one of your best, I think. msarvelous colours, wonderful composition. The gracious movement perfectly captured. Superb shiot.
Have a nice Sunday
abmdsudi (41266) 2011-08-28 15:59
YTH Pak Takero
Ini suatu foto yang hebat sekali
Kono gazō wa totemo subarashiidesu, sono iro no kumiawase no tame ni sono yūgana gaikan, haikei-shoku to meintēma no sō wa totemo yoi burendo. To shiawasena yōkina dansā wa, sarani idaina shunkan o kyōchō suru. Kao niataru sutekina atatakai hikari to no migotona hikari no kontorōru ga subarashiku, shāpu to ii, zentai no kontorasuto o miryō shite iru. Hijō ni manzoku no iku e, anata ya oiwai, yoroshiku onegai itashimasu.
batalay (35061) 2011-08-29 3:22
Your photos are consistently the most exotic, consistently high quality, colorful and perfectly exposed on Trekearth. It's always a pleasure to click on your name and see your newest uploads.
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-08-30 10:15
Está linda esta tua foto com estas 3 mulheres a dançar , os chapéus são lindos em palha , gostei muito das cores suaves , bom uso da foto na vertical , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
mkamionka (29760) 2011-08-31 3:29
another very photogenic festival. I like very much their clothes especially the unique hats.
Here you have well captured the dancers in an interesting pose. Having few of them as a repeated motif makes a nice geometric effect.
lilito (3470) 2011-08-31 9:02
J'aime bien cette image pour son dynamisme, on peut deviner l'action, bravo!
korbee (6617) 2011-09-06 10:04
One of the most elegant pictures Ive seen for long time Takero,they seems to make a beautiful kind of dance,the hats and kimomonos are fantastque!
fabianfred (134) 2011-09-08 23:50
Great capture. A dance which is hard upon the geta I believe with them often breaking a tooth.
pauloog (11747) 2011-09-25 3:40
A good one, with a lot of rhythm and beautiful light.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2011-12-08 20:24
it's me again. Love the lighting, colors and the perspective! Excellent capture, clear, crisp and very well defined! Beautiful image!
kiks (11749) 2013-01-07 2:31
i simply adore this image! Specialy the way the light falls into de costumms is wonderful.
Kamilutka (8095) 2013-01-10 7:36
Good evening Takero,
amazing portrait of the dancers with perfect DOF and sharpness on the subject. The note accompanying is very interesting and informative and I enjoyed reading it. Beautiful colors!
Have a lovely evening!
jabber (323) 2013-11-15 11:38
your note is to much long for being a note for a photo on net and for now a day people`s mood.
but in your photo you found a good rhythm and made a light colorful shot.
- Copyright: Takero KAWABATA (bukitgolfb301) (34932)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-08-20
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Canon 1Ds, Canon 300m/m 2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2011-08-25 15:41
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