What a treasure. Or more accurately, Treasure Ship which is the meaning of the group’s name, Takarabune 宝船 (old-style kanji 寳船)。An intro from their own web site can be read by clicking here.I love the awa odori festivals. The cherry blossoms did look a little early at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri site, but who knows?, one more week could have been too late due to cold, rain, wind, warm weather/fast blooming...There is a song associated with the Awa Odori festival, the lyrics of which run to:The dancers are foolsThe watchers are foolsBoth are fools alike soWhy not dance?
Domo, TG—I was hoping you'd come up with the info I lacked. And I love that song: Why not, indeed?!
どういたしまして。The Takarabune group is so energetic that I didn’t believe they were related to Awa Odori at first, in spite of arm and leg movements. They seem to have a more uni-sex style as well.There is a video of another Awa Odori troupe performing in their native habitat (at this place since 1956) here.
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