Sakura Ren is a performing group that showcases Japanese traditional Awa Odori dance.
Awa Odori is one of “Bon Odori”, traditionally mourning death and celebrating the spirit of ancestors every summer. Awa Odori has been developed into a dancing festival about 400 years ago in Tokushima, which was once called country of “Awa”. Today, it is one of the largest festivals in the world, with over 1.3 million tourists coming to Tokushima to watch and dance together. The greatest part of Awa Odori is its main philosophy that "everybody is welcome to dance and have fun together."
Sakura Ren, founded in 2013, performs Awa-Odori at festivals, cultural events, schools and workshops across the Bay Area year-round. Our performance is accompanied by live instruments and vocals. While holding traditional styles in esteem, we keep bringing new and original ideas to Awa Odori. Many members of Sakura Ren are active in performing art fields, and we all put different ideas into Awa Odori to make it more interesting and exciting.
Our Nikkei Matsuri Connection
This is our first time participating in Nikkei Matsuri as a group, though many of us individually enjoyed experiencing the festival in the past. We have always had a great respect to Nikkei Matsuri, one of the oldest and historic festivals celebrating Japanese American culture. We are thrilled and honored to join Nikkei Matsuri to showcase Awa-Odori.