Bon Odori or Bon dance is a Japanese folk dance. The dance was originally intended to welcome the spirits of the dead. Today in Japan, the Bon Odori is unique to the different regions of the country. The music and dance varies from one region to another.
Photo: Bon Odori (Creative Commons: Ericflexyourhead).
A Bon Odori Performance
Video: Bon Odori performance (source: You Tube).
The Bon Festival
The Bon Odori is performed during the Bon Festival. This festival is held during the summer months. The festival is celebrated in every city in Japan. The festival welcomes the spirits of one’s ancestors. It is a form of remembering the dead. For this reason, the festival takes place at night when the spirits return.
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Japanese Art and Music, Japanese 101.