Aug 9, 2007
Rehearsal of "Bon-odori"
Yesterday, I took part in rehearsal of "Bon-odori" festival in my neighborhood. It was held in a yard of a kinder garden in my area."Bon-odori" will be held on August 13,14.
"Bon-odori" is held in comparatively rural areas, so just where I live. Urban area like Tokyo does not have it.
People in Japan have believed that the spirit of their ancient come back to their area in "Bon" period, August 13 to 15. So they welcome the spirits with "Bon-odori" dance.
"Bon-odori" dance and does not include fast moving like hip-hop dance. So almost of dancers are older women. (If "Bon-odori" dancers dance with hip-hop music, it seems very funny!) They create a circle and walk slowly with dancing. It is a kind of folk dance.