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Dancing in the Street: “Bon Odori” Comes to Shibuya (Japan in Photos)

Revelers take part in a traditional bon odori dance in Shibuya, Tokyo, on August 5, 2017. The famed scramble crossing and local roads were closed to traffic for the Obon festivities. Yukata-clad dancers set the party going on a stage in front of the Shibuya 109 fashion complex. Locals and tourists soon joined in, bringing a time-honored summer event to the heart of the metropolis. (© Jiji)
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Obon: A Summer Festival for Honoring Ancestors

The summer festival of Obon ranks alongside New Year in its importance in the Japanese calendar. It is a time when families get together to honor ancestors and visit their graves. And it is also known for the lively dancing of the bon odori.
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Why Not Dance? The Awa Odori Festival (Video)

“Some fools dance, and some fools watch. You’re a fool either way, so why not dance?” are the words to the famous Awa Odori. This video presents the dance and a 2014 interpretation inspired by its Buddhist roots.
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