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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)

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.

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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