Dancing Friday Wk3: Bon Odori
Bon Odori (Bon dance) is a type of dance performed in a Japanese Buddhist custom called Obon, to honor the spirits of your ancestors. Bon dance varies from region to region and it comes with different types of folk music as well. For example, in Hokkaido the song “Soran Bushi” is popular and “Tokyo Ondo” in Tokyo. Although it varies, in a typical bon dance people line up in a circle around a big wooden stage called yagura, where the musicians, singers and lead dancers perform.
It’s pretty cool and not at all the type of posts we usually feature here so go ahead and have a look!
Foreigners trying to pull it off: