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Suiren ~Awa-Dance in Koenji~

Japanese Traditional Dance, music and dancers

Awa-Dance in Koenji "Sui-ren" official website
4 Apr

Flower Festival in Itabashi

We joined a flower festival in Itabashi ward, Tokyo.

Sui-ren had a performance with Nakadai-Ren(team). Six band members joined the band. Also our new young member performed with Nakadai dancers. Nakadai-Kids dancers were really great! It was the first time for them to perform with a music band, but they made it!

The pollen levels were really high because of the good weather, some team members had a hard time with their runny nose!

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20 Mar

What's Special about Suiren?

Sui-ren started in 1996. It is one of the official Ren (‘team’) in Suginami Ward, Tokyo. The Ren joins the Koenji Awa-Odori (odori means ‘dance’) Festival every year.
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The Awa-Odori music is usually characterized with a catchy bouncing rhythm, while Sui-ren mainly uses a flat sound. A big drum creates a dynamic sound under this rhythm. Sui-ren's sound is interestingly dubbed as Japanese Rock ’n’ Roll because of their exciting sound and performance. Many people come every year to see Sui-ren at the Koenji Festival.
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A fan performance by the women’s group is also visually unique and elegant in nature. A dancer, in her traditional kimono, uses a folding fan quite gracefully as she sways and glides throughout the performance. When the performance starts, she puts it under her obi-belt. In the middle part, she takes it out from the belt and opens it, making a nice surprise for the audience. If you come to see Sui-ren, you should look forward to watching this fantastic fan performance!
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6 Mar

Sui-ren’s Costume

Sui-ren’s main color is blue. Women wear pale blue kimono. On one sleeve, you can see one Chinese character which means "cool" because Sui-ren’s “Sui” means “cool”.
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Men wear blue “Happi” and white short pants. “Happi” is a short kimono. They put a blue and gray Japanese towel (Tenugui) on their head. The women dancers of the “Men’s Dance” wear the same costume.
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Big drum players wear grey “Happi” and black pants. All musicians except these players use kimono. Both male and female musicians put the kimono in the same way.
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Usually in Japan, male and female wear kimono in different ways. The women usually place the obi on their waistline, which is wider than the men’s obi. On the otherhand the men wear the obi around their hip. It has a width of about 8 to 10 centimetres.

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Name : Sui-ren
Since : 1996
Number of members : 40
Representative : Shinichi Komagata
Founder : Takahiro Kasuya
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For bookings of cast requests and tours, please contact me.


practice-----

3/25
1:00pm to 4:00pm
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3/28
7:00pm to 10:00pm
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4/1
4:00pm to 7:00pm
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5/5
1:00pm to 4:00pm
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5/14
7:00pm to 10:00pm
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5/28
7:00pm to 10:00pm
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In addition, the entire group is divided into there major clusters, the men's group, the women's group, and the musical band, in which each practices separately at their most convenient time.

If you wish to see us practice, and have a glimpse on how we prepare the dance, you can contact us.
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Or better yet, you can join and be part of our dynamic and fun group. You are very much welcome to join, so don't hesitate!

For bookings of cast requests and tours, please contact me.
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  • Flower Festival in Itabashi
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  • What's Special about Suiren?
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  • What's Special about Suiren?
  • Sui-ren’s Costume
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