Bon Odori

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Dance to Welcome The Ancestors' Spirits

Dance to Welcome The Ancestors' Spirits

One fun summer event for the Japanese, the Bon Festival Dance, held in parks or nearby open spaces, was originally a dance to welcome the ancestors' spirits. It is thought that Bon Festival Dance comes from the prayer dance Saint Ippen started in the Kamakura period and later became connected with the Bon Festival.

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