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Annual Dance Festival in Ikebukuro

Sometimes people become so enchanted by places they have visited once that they long to go back again and again. For me, such a place is Sunshine City in Ikebukuro. A year ago I had some business in that area and stopped by the shopping mall. It was huge and busy, with mysterious fountains and an observation deck, with no strict border between Sunshine City and Sunshine 60.

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I immediately got lost there for about 2 hours. Topped with an Aquarium and an Ancient Oriental Museum, it is a perfect place to spend the weekend (or a weekday, if you have free time and hate big crowds). This time I was lucky to catch a glimpse of the annual Summer Dance Festival at Fountain Plaza.

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Held at the end of summer, it consists of 3 rounds and features different dance styles. There were so many belly dancers that at first I thought it was a Middle Eastern dance festival. Unfortunately, I can’t tell the difference between dances from Egypt, Turkey or Lebanon, but the girls used many interesting props.

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There were also hip-hop dancers, jazz dancers, cheerleaders and what not. I was slightly shocked by a tribal fusion dance by a group of elderly women in cabaret costumes, and left soon after that.

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Information

Sunshine City
Address: Tokyo, Toshima Ward, Higashi-Ikebukuro 3-1-1
Access 1: 6 min. walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro st.
Access 2: 15 min. walk from Ikebukuro st.
Distance from airport: About 76 km from Narita Airport.

Article by Olga Kaneda

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