Obon is a three-day Japanese Buddhist observance. The dates vary from town to town but usually fall in August, although in Tokyo Obon is generally celebrated around the 15th of July. As Obon approaches home altars are prepared and family graves are tended to in local cemeteries. Ancestors - with a special emphasis on the recently departed or immediate family members - are then invited to visit the family homes. Common Obon welcome rituals are a sutra offered at the home altar by a visiting Buddhist priest and the Bon-Odori, or Obon Dance, the public execution of which varies from neighborhood to neighborhood within towns and cities across the country. The days before and after Obon see massive congestion across the country's transportation networks as millions of people return to their hometowns. In this way, Obon is similar to America's Thanksgiving. At the beginning of Obon when spirits are called in the cemeteries through the burning of incense and the offering of a prayer, and at the end when the spirits are led to a river or the ocean's edge on their way back to the world of the dead, they are guided by candle-lit paper lanterns. Although some of Obon's rituals are somber, much of the holiday is festive; a time when families happily reunite and celebrate the sacrifices that their briefly visiting loved ones made for them before they passed away. This Obon video follows my wife's grandmother, Kiyomi, as she celebrates Obon with her family, especially in memory of her late husband, Eiichi. All filming took place in Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. In addition to the live music recorded at the dances, the track "Knowoneness" by Electric Skychurch is used. I am Thomas Shomaker, and I directed this short documentary. My email: [email protected]
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Bon Odori (盆踊り), meaning simply Bon dance is a style of dancing performed during Obon. Originally a Nenbutsu 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. The music can be songs specifically pertinent to the spiritual message of Obon, or local min'yo folk songs. Consequently, the Bon dance will look and sound different from region to region. Hokkaidō is known for a folk-song known as "Soran Bushi." The song "Tokyo Ondo" takes its namesake from the capital of Japan. "Gujo Odori" in Gujō, Gifu prefecture is famous for all night dancing. "Goshu Ondo" is a folk song from Shiga prefecture. Residents of the Kansai area will recognize the famous "Kawachi ondo." Tokushima in Shikoku is very famous for its "Awa Odori," or "fool's dance," and in the far south, one can hear the "Ohara Bushi" of Kagoshima More on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Festival All pictures and video on http://www.lifeyou.tv
The Obon Dance scene from The Karate Kid Part 2
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A bit of tanko bushi in Kamakura.