During this energetic summer folk dance festival in Tokushima, the entire city reverberates to the sound of music and dance. During the festival, groups of dancers parade through the city while dancing to music played on instruments such as drums, gongs, flutes and Japanese stringed instruments. In the daytime, you can watch graceful official performances of Awa-Odori onstage by selected groups of several dozen dancers.
There are a variety of styles of dress for men and women and they typically dance separately or together in large choreographed groups. Many of the female dancers wear distinctive hats resembling folded tacos which are made from tatami.