Bon, one of the Japanese Buddhist customs, is to honor the spirits of one's ancestors. Various festivities and observances take place in Japan during the Bon season, around July 15th.
Bon Odori is one of them, which literally means Bon Dance. It is said that its origin was a folk dance to welcome the spirits of the dead. Nowadays thousands of Bon Odori Festivals, from small to large ones, are held in summer evenings all over Japan and people simply enjoy the dancing rather for the original meaning of the custom.
You will come across some Bon Odori Festival taking place at a small children's park or anywhere else for the matter. That is, if you live in a populated residential area in Japan.
Local Bon Odori Festival at Kawaguchi, Japan [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on Jul. 19th, 2012