Bon Dance Workshop

What is Bon dance? 

Bon Odori  meaning simply Bon dance, is a style of dancing performed during Obon. It is a folk entertainment, which has a history of nearly 600 years.[6] 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.

The way in which the dance is performed is also different in each region, though the typical Bon dance involves people lining up in a circle around a high wooden scaffold made especially for the festival called a yagura. The yagura is usually also the bandstand for the musicians and singers of the Obon music. Some dances proceed clockwise, and some dances proceed counter-clockwise around the yagura.

Duration: 30mins

Workshop area: minimum of 10m x 10m room

What we need: Stereosystem

Max participants: 50

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