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Awa-odori festival dazzles in Tokushima

The Yomiuri Shimbun

An Awa-odori traditional dance is performed in Tokushima on Saturday evening.

The Yomiuri ShimbunTOKUSHIMA — Striking dances were performed as part of the traditional Awa-odori dance festival, which opened Saturday in Tokushima.

Groups of dancers performed otoko odori (male dance) and onna odori (female dance) to the sound of drums, handbells and shamisen.

Spectators erupted in applause when dancers began moving in perfect sync at 6 p.m. at six venues in the city.

Hideo Bansho, a 63-year-old company employee from Hiroshima, was seeing the dancing for the first time. “The upbeat rhythm made me move with the music, even as a spectator,” Bansho said.

The festival continues through Tuesday, and is expected to be attended by more than 1.2 million people.Speech

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