Two of Tokyo’s biggest outdoor dance festivals go head to head this weekend. While the Koenji Awadori festival has a bit more tradition than Super Yosakoi in Harajuku, there is hardly anything to separate the two festivals in terms of scale. Super Yosakoi organisers are expecting 800,000 spectators while Koenji Awadori organizers expect 1 million. If you can’t choose, then you can just go to both – Super Yosakoi is on mainly during the scorching heat of day while Koenji Awadori is on during the cool of evening. They both run on Saturday and Sunday too – so you could easily alternate. With the parade down Omotesando scheduled for the 25th, this looks like the better day for Super Yosakoi.
If you want something on a more human scale, there are other dance related events this weekend too. Join the corporate types at Roppongi Hills Bon Odori which runs from Friday the 23rd until Sunday 25th or if you’re in the southwest corner of Tokyo there is the Osaki Summer Festa which runs on the same days.
Lastly, on Sunday there is the Kasai Rinkai Park Summer Festival. Although there is Hula Dancing (which ties in with this weekend’s theme) there will also be lots of activities for the kids.
Escape Tokyo for the day, see mountains, hot springs, the modern, the traditional, the old and the ancient!