Experienced-based international peace event“Hiroshima Bon Dance” to be held!Culture
Remembering ancestors. Hoping for peace. Japanese tradition. Why don't we dance the Bon Dance together?
What is the Hiroshima Bon Dance?
The Hiroshima Bon Dance is a summer festival which revives the “War Victims Memorial Bon Dance Festival,” held in the summer one year after the dropping of the atomic bomb, as an experience-based international peace event. It carries on the enjoyment of the Japanese cultural tradition of “Bon Dances” taking place at overseas locations where many residents of Hiroshima Prefecture emigrated, as well the joy of peace and memories of restoration.
What is “Bon Dance?”
This is a dance to welcome and send off the spirits of ancestors who return during the bon holiday. It developed from Japanese traditional performing arts known as “Nenbutsu Odori,” Buddhist incantation using chanting, drumbeating, and dancing. It is held with the aim of enhancing entertainment for people and binding together the local community. It has been a popular event in Japan since the old days. Basically, anyone can participate, dancing in a circle in time with the beat of drums, other instruments, and songs. A long time ago, the dance was held at temples and shrines, but these days it is often held in open spaces where a large number of people can gather as an event to deepen fellowship among members of the community.
What is “Bon?”
This is a summer event which brings together the custom of honoring the spirits of one's ancestors which has been in practice since ancient times in Japan and Buddhism. Ancestors and the departed are said to return during the bon holiday, so families and relatives get together to give offerings, visit graves, and conduct similar activities, as well as hold memorial services for the dead and eat lavish meals. In the western part of Hiroshima Prefecture, there is a unique custom where people visit graves to offer the bon festival lanterns made with bamboo, and paper colored red, blue, yellow, and other colors called “Bon Touro,” and many
gravesites are decorated with these colorful “Bon Touro.”
Hiroshima Bon Dance
Date and time : August 10(Sat),11(Sun), 2019 16:00-21:30
1st Program : 16:00-
2nd Program : 18:00-21:30 (tentative)
※ Postponed to Aug. 12 in the event of rain.
Venue : Site of Former Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium
5-25 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City
Official website https://hiroshima-bon-dance.jp/en/index.html