Bon festival dance is one of the summer traditions in Japan.


Last Updated on 12/23/2021 by てんしょく飯

Bon Odori, which is performed with Japanese drums, is a Bon festival event that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.



Bon Odori is an event to memorialize the dead during the Bon festival, and is a dance performed within that event.

In the Heian period, the dance Nenbutsu, which was started by Kuya Shonin, became a Nenbutsu odor in combination with folk customs, and was linked to the events of the Bunranbonkai, and became established as an event to welcome spirits and memorialize the dead. In the early Bon Odori dance, which had the meaning of a memorial service for the dead, people went to the house welcoming the new Bon festival and danced in a circle in front of the house, and the family members treated the dancers with a treat. From the idea that the dead will return home to the tray, it is said that a person who covered his cheeks to hide his face and dressed as the dead’s resurrected figure played the story.

After that, it is said that it became the current Bon Odori through various changes and regional characteristics.

Meaning of Bon Odori

As the Bon Odori started with the Nenbutsu Odori, it has the sacred meaning of dancing and sending out with the spirits of the ancestors who returned during the Obon period.

There is also an element of interaction with the local people, and it also serves as an event that people who leave the house can enjoy with their neighbors when they return home.