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My Journey as a Flute Player in the Awa Dance Group

Japanese Traditional Dance: Music and Dancers in Sui-ren

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22 Apr

Hana Haru Festa in Tokushima

We visited Tokushima prefecture to see “Spring Flower Festival (Hana Haru Festa).”
For most members, it was their first time to visit Tokushima where the Awa-dance came from.

Our flight was 7:00 a.m at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. It took only an hour and 15 minutes, so we arrived at Tokushima in Shikoku-island before 8:30.

We visited the park where the festival is held and watched many great performances. The first team was Tonosama-ren. The movements of male and female dancers have dynamic patterns with different sequences. It was worth to watch. The music was also extremely beautiful.

We also watched some stage performances that were held in Awa-bank hall. The team we longed to watch was Yukyu-ren. Their music is quite unique since it sounds a bit modern especially their sharp sounds. They use the short Japanese flute which is called “Happon” which makes higher sounds. Some team members really love this team, so it was lucky to see their live performance!

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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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About the writer
Mayuko Kurosaka

She is a member of Sui-ren. She is a flutist. She's been performing for more than 6 years for the group. She was born in Kawagoe an old city in Saitama. She learned to play traditional instrument when she was a young or a kid. She works as a freelance writer.
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