Photo: Peter Thoeny, Festival
Peter writes: “Bon Odori (盆踊り) is a popular dance in Japan to celebrate the spirits of the ancestors. Last weekend we went to the San Jose Japantown to attend the Obon Matsuri (festival). A street was blocked off, and a large group was dancing in an elongated circle in the street. Kids and adults wore yukata, a casual summer kimono.”
Bon Festival 2018 in Japan and in Japanese communities around the world will begin on Monday, August 13 and end on Thursday, August 16.
Wikipedia: Obon (お盆) or just Bon (盆) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors’ graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.
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