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Bon Odori

Dance of the dead

@nskbhachiman #bon #bonodori #tokyo #japan

A few days ago I watched The Barbarian and the Geisha. The opening scene is of a Bon Odori in 1856, and it reminded me of today’s photo, taken at the last Bon Odori I witnessed in 2013.

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Bon Odori (Tokyo, Japan)

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盆踊り

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bon odori (盆踊り)

Japan may be in the cards for 2018…

2018 update: No Japan this year. 🙁

Ojii @ Obon

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Prepping for the Tenso Jinja Bon Odori

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Tenso Jinja (Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan)

After a 20-year gap in living in Japan, we went back to live in Tokyo for a year beginning in 2009. On our first night we headed to a Bon Odori at Tenso Jinja. That was a magical night for me.

Flash forward to 2013, and I hadn’t been to Japan for over three years. I wandered into my old neighborhood to find my local shrine getting ready for its annual Bon Odori. The vibe was bittersweet as I waxed nostalgic but also realized I would be heading back to the USA before the actual event took place the following week.

Winter festivals

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Taiko drumming @ a summer bon odori in Tokyo

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Although Japan’s temples and shrines can sit rather quietly during the winter, tomorrow is Setsubun so if you are in Japan February 3 is a good day to give your local shrine or temple a visit to see if they have something going on.

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