This is a traditional Japanese dance that is held as
part of the bon-odori one of the most famouse of
It is taken place in Gujo Hachiman, in Gifu
prefecture. It is a small scenic town with a
riverside. The festival takes place between July and
September that is during the Obon period.
The festival originally comes from a Buddhist
custom to show resect to the spirits of ancestors.
This incorporates a dance called ‘Bon-Odori’.
This festival is over 400 years old and started when
a lord decided to bring everybody to dance together
regardless of status.
The merit of this event is the opportunity to take
part in a traditional Japanese custom. You dance all
night between august 13th to august 16th. You can
just follow the locals but classes are also available
before if you want to get it just right.