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Dancing Bon Odori in the Public Square

Bon Odori is a Japanese folk dance most often performed during the Obon “ancestor appreciation” holiday in the public square and danced in concentric circles around a raised wooden platform called a yagura. The dance developed several hundred years ago from a Buddhist chant to welcome the spirits of the ancestors. Bon odori is a public, participatory dance that is meant to attract young and old, both trained dancers and those who just want to celebrate.