This tiny Japanese orchestra, preceded by its standard bearer, is superbly fashioned out of bamboo nodes and stalks. Each musician plays a traditional instrument and the average height of each musician is only
This vintage set of is housed in its own wood and perspex case, with the words of the traditional Awa Yoshikono drinking song associated with Awa Odori written in Japanese script on the back drop. The words are: “The dancers are fools; the watchers are fools; both are fools alike – so why not dance?” The display box measures 24 x 15 x 10 cm / 9 ½ x 6 x 4 inches and most of the figures are under 5 cm / 2 inches tall (the standard bearer is around 7 cm / 3 inches tall .
Awa Odori is a 16th century (Edo Period) festival dedicated to having a good time and takes place each year in Tokushima Prefecture where thousands throng the streets to drink, sing and dance. According to legend, it originated night in the late 1580s as a street party held to celebrate the new castle built for the lord of the Awa domain.