The Awa Dance Festival is held from 12 to 15 August as part of the Obon festival in Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku in Japan. Awa Odori is the largest dance festival in Japan, attracting over 1.3 million tourists every year. Groups of choreographed dancers and musicians known as ren (連) dance through the streets, typically accompanied by the shamisen lute, taiko drums, shinobue flute and the kane bell. Performers wear traditional obon dance costumes, and chant and sing as they parade through the streets. Awa is the old feudal administration name for Tokushima and odori means dance.
踊る阿呆に・Odoru aho ni・The dancers are fools/見る阿呆・Miru aho・The watchers are fools/同じ阿呆なら・Onaji aho nara・Both are fools alike so/踊らな損、損・Odorana son, son・Why not dance?