AWA ODORI (BON ODORI)- JAPANESE FESTIVAL 祭

bonodori
bonodori

Bon Festival (we call Obon) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors’ graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars.

 

It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years. Bon Odori, meaning simply Bon dance is a style of dancing performed during Obon. Originally a Nenbutsu (Nianfo) folk dance to welcome the spirits of the dead, the style of celebration varies in many aspects from region to region. Each region has a local dance, as well as different music.

 

“Awa Odori” is very famous Bon Odori of Tokushima prefecture in Shikoku.

Awaodori
Awaodori

The song is usually sung at a point in the parade where the dancers can stop and perform a stationary dance.

 

Chant as follows!

 

“Odoru ahou ni”                              The dancers are fools

“Miru ahou”                                    The watchers are fools

“Onaji ahou nara”                           Both are fools alike so

“Odorana son, son”                         Why not dance?!

 

And call as follows!

 

“Yottosa, yattosa”

“Ha yaccha yaccha”

“Erai yaccha, erai yaccha”

“Yoi, yoi, yoi, yoi, yoi”

 

Schedule of Awaodori Festival

 

Tokushima prefecture in Shikoku

Mid Aug    Tokushima city, Naruto city, Yoshino-gawa, Awa city and more

 

You can see Awamori festival also in Tokyo

End Aug    Koenji

End Jul     Kagurazaka

 

You can enjoy dancing Awaodori in Shinjuku Pub Crawl tour

 

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