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One of the most popular summer festivals in Japan is the Obon Celebration. During the Obon Festival, people would dance to welcome the return of their ancestors' spirits. Bon Odori is an essential part of Japan and involves many dancing around a yagura tower. Depending on the region the Obon Festival is celebrated, there are different dances and songs that accompany the celebrations. Dances take inspiration from the daily lives and activities of the prefectures, which result in some unique celebration and dance moves depending on where you go for Obon.
Although Obon has been one of Japan's most popular festivals, it is believed the Bon Festival Dance comes from the prayer dance Saint Ippen started in the Kamakura period and later became connected with the Bon Festival. Over time, regions like Tokushima and Kagoshima have gained popularity for their unique Obon Dances, making these regions popular choices to celebrate the Obon Festival.
Feel like dancing the night away? Japan Deluxe Tours can help arrange a private or custom vacation during the Obon Festival so you can join in the fun. Add an Obon festival during your Japan Tour's free day in Tokyo next summer with our fully-guided line of Highlights Japan Tours or Anime Pioneer Adventures!
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