Summer sees its zenith when awa odori folk dancers flock to the city of Tokushima on the island of Shikoku. In spring, however, the traditional tour de force will have a showing during the Hana Haru Festa, an event slated for April 18 and 19.
Taking part will be more than a dozen teams of dancers, who will appear at Aibahama Park, as well as Awagin Hall and Awa Odori Festival Hall.
There will be plenty of other highlights taking place alongside the traditional dancing, though, with outdoor performances of street dancers, including guest act V-raze, experts in hip-hop moves. (Yuki Yamauchi)