Dancing Friday Wk3: Bon Odori

Published on October 28th, 2011.

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:

  • http://www.facebook.com/nagisanocherry Nagisanocherry SP

    there’s Bon Odori too in Malaysia..organize by Japanese Foundation Kuala Lumpur. yea..” Tokyo Ondo” is popular too here..interestingly in Malaysia..Bon Odori is attended by not only Japanese people, but Malay, Chinese, Indians and also foreigners :)