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@ Japan Day

This page is currently under construction but I am going to prepare information about how and when we are going to perform at Japan Day 2015 on 7/18.

Japan Day website 

Location: Arlington International Racecourse – 2200 W Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Japan Day is on 7/18 and 7/19 but Awa Odori Chicago will only perform on 7/18.

The main event for Awa Odori Chicago will be at J-Entertainement scheduled from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

The schedule is being finalized right now but most likely, there will be two dancing opportunity for Awa Odori.


In addition to these evening performances, we are currently communicating with Racecourse to see if we can perform during day time. The answer is yes but we do not know what time, yet.

Also, the instructors and a few advance students will be performing at Winner’s Circle at around 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Please let Atsu know if you would like to join the team. There is more simple role for anyone who can do the basic dance. First come first served.



Q: What are we going to wear? 

A: This year, we only have certain number of Awa Odori costume. If you have yukata or happi, that will do. For female dancers, we have 40 amigasa coming from Japan. I will sell them to anyone who is interested first and the left over will be leased. For male dancers, Akina san has 15 happi. These happi are very valuable ones so we are going to ask for deposit if you would like to lease them. Let me know if you are interested. If you are wearing happi, you should wear white pants. I bought mine at Amazon.


I like it but some instructor told me it is a bit shorter and looser than regular one.

So I bought another one


It looks more like it but my family begged me not to wear these so I am not.


Q: Do we have to pay to get in?

A: Yes. This year, unless you are official volunteer, you have to purchase tickets to get in. Please understand. You can buy discounted ticket here. The discounted ticket is only available online.


Q: Is there changing room or waiting room?

A: Yes, but we do not know yet where. I will update it asap.