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Summer Festivals Become Major Tourist Attraction In Japan

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Tokushima / Yokohama, Aug 27 (ANI): Japan’s biggest summer festival “Awa Dance” was held in Shikoku area of Tokushima Prefecture. “Awa Dance” was started some 400 years ago in Edo era. The festival is observed every year for four days starting from August 12. The group of choreographed dancers and musicians known as Ren enthralled the visitors with their performances. Each Ren group has its characteristics. They include regular participants, employees of certain company, visitors and special performers from abroad. Many foreign performers and dance teachers have specially come to Japan to participate in the event. Hideaki Okajima, the chairman of Tokushima Prefecture Awa Dance Association, has 54 years experience in performing Awa dance. Yokohama city also hosted a massive dance festival in August. A large number of people from across the world visited Yokohama town area to dance with popular animation character “Pikachu”.Junichi Yamagiwa, Manager, Event Planning, Pokémon Communications Company, said the company holds many small and big events.

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