Bon Festival or Awa Dance Festival in Japan
Bon Festival or Awa Dance Festival in Japan is held on August 15. 阿波踊り observances: Tokushima Prefecture. This event in the second decade of the month August is annual. Help us
The world famous Awa Dance has a 400 years' history. The story of its origin varies. It is said that Awa Dance was performed often around the time Hachisuka Iemasa, a feudal load of Tokushima, entered Tokushima in 1586, and hoarded the wealth produced by the indigo and salt trades.
The Awa Dance Festival (阿波踊り, Awa Odori) is held from 12 to 15 August as part of the Obon festival in Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku in Japan. Awa Odori is the largest dance festival in Japan, attracting over 1.3 million tourists every year.
Obon, also known as Bon, is one of the most important customs in Japan that was introduced by the Buddhists to the Japanese. Obon is a holiday in mid-July or August and usually lasts a week. It brings families together and reunites them with the dead. It is loosely interpreted as “Festival of the Dead”.
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