Awa Odori Festival

Dancers and musicians perform at the Awa Odori festival in Koenji in Tokyo on Sunday, August 26. The dance festival is part of the summer Obon celebrations in Japan in which Japanese honor the spirits of their ancestors. There are choreographed dances and a traditional song the performers sing. The festival in Koenji attracts thousands of dancers and many times that number of spectators.

Lanterns function as signs announcing a group of dancers.

Lanterns function as signs announcing a group of dancers.

Performers play the shinobue flute, a traditional Japanese instrument.

Performers play the shinobue flute, a traditional Japanese instrument.