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This photograph is the one having taken it downtown in Tokyo last summer. Awa Dance Festival is one of the Japanese three major Bon Festival Dances in the Bon Festival Dance of which it cradles Tokushima Prefecture. It is held in the municipality in the Tokushima prefecture various places when there is a history for about 400 years, and it becomes summer. The origin of the Awa Dance Festival historically seen is thought to be "Say a prayer to the Buddha while dancing" dance. Especially, it is thought that the prototype of a present Bon Festival Dance of dancing on the spirits of the dead and the ancestor's spirit at the time of the Bon festival was made.
There are two kinds of dances "men dance" and "women dance".
As for "men dance", the voice with good power is put, the dance where the rage dance and ground where air is dynamically danced are crawled twines each other, and the contrast of the response and motion arises there.
As for "women dance" holds colorfulness as the group beauty concurrently with the flowing geniality and grace.

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Women dance: workshop

Bon: Bon (盆) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the departed (deceased) spirits of one's ancestors. This Buddhist custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestor's graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.

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