Tokyo Big Bon Odori Festival:
A global community event “Tokyo Big Bon Odori Festival” that anyone can participate in“Tokyo Big Bon Odori Festival” will be held at Komazawa Olympic Park on August 31 and September 1, 2019.
This is a global community event that aims to create a new and open Bon Odori, not a traditional Bon Odori in a limited community.
“Tokyo Big Bon Odori Festival” is packed with contents that can be enjoyed both day and night, including traditional Bon Odori, Bon festival dances that add a sense of new Tokyo culture, music, sports and food.
Bon Odori (Japanese: 盆踊り), meaning simply Bon dance, is a style of dancing performed during Obon. Originally a Nenbutsu folk dance to welcome the spirits of the dead, the style of celebration varies in many aspects from region to region. Each region has a local dance, as well as different music. The music can be songs specifically pertinent to the spiritual message of Obon, or local min’yō folk songs. Consequently, the Bon dance will look and sound different from region to region. Hokkaidō is known for a folk-song known as “Sōran Bushi”. The song “Tokyo Ondo” takes its namesake from the capital of Japan. “Gujo Odori” in Gujō in Gifu Prefecture is famous for all night dancing. “Gōshū Ondo” is a folk song from Shiga Prefecture. Residents of the Kansai area will recognize the famous “Kawachi ondo”. Tokushima in Shikoku is very famous for its “Awa Odori”, and in the far south, one can hear the “Ohara Bushi” of Kagoshima.
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