Bon Odori,  Festivals,  Japan Culture,  Tokyo Events

Bon Odori in Minato Mirai, Yokohama.

Time to gather around the yagura (raised stage), follow the rhythm of the taiko drum, watch and learn the steps and release your inner dancer!

Bon Odori means “Bon Dance” and it was originally a dance performed to welcome the spirits of the deceased for their annual visit during O-Bon. I wrote about this on my ToroNagashi post.

The Bon Odori in Minato Mirai, Yokohama, gathers hundreds of people that come for good family fun near the sea, with a breathtaking view of the Yokohama Bay Bridge. There were a few stalls with food, drinks and fair games, and even despite the weather we all had a lot of fun.

The event was celebrated during two days, 18 and 19 of August this year, and ran from around 4pm to 8:30pm each day. The place in which it was held is really nice, right near to modern and fancy malls and hotels, with a promenade that has an amazing view. It’s an annual event so don’t forget to check their site if you want to attend next summer!

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