Let’s dance in the Japanese tasteful town, Gujo Hachiman! Japanese summer traditions “Bon Odori” and “Machiya Stay”
Do you know “Bon Odori”?
Bon Odori is an event during the summer holiday.
It’s a Japanese summer tradition that men and women of all ages dance with the music around Yagura that set up in the center of the field.
Each place has each dance.
Some of them became famous, for example, “Eisa” in Okinawa and “Awa Odori” in Tokushima, and these are very interesting as a Japanese culture to make the exciting summer night.
Bon Odori has been succeeded and developed as a dance for a mass for dead during the season of “Bon”, that is a tradition in Japan to worship ancestors around 8/15.
“Gujo Odori” in Gujo Hachiman City, Gifu Prefecture is famous as the longest period of Bon Odori in Japan;
it has been danced for 33 nights from the middle of July to the early of September.
“The summer in Gujo Hachiman starts with a dance and ends with a dance.”
During “Bon period” from 8/13 to 8/16, the biggest event to dance all-night called “Tetsuya Odori” is held.
Both tourists and local people dance together at Gujo Odori, and it’s “Dancing Odori” instead of “Watching Odori”.
Though you don’t need extra clothes, Gujo Hachiman has been developed as a castle town under the Gujo Hachiman-jo Castle, and it’s a town fulfilled with the Japanese atmosphere so that it suites with Yukata (an informal cotton kimono).
We recommend you to come with Yukata and Geta because there are shops of “Geta (wooden clogs)”, these sounds make good dancing, and kimono shops, that is able to rent Yukata.
Gujo Hachiman is able to enjoy dancing and Japanese summer.
We recommend you to stay in “Machiya” where is able to feel the Japanese atmosphere.
“Machiya Stay” is a system to stay in the historic Japanese building; made of wood, and one story.
There is a Japanese room to feel warm, and you are able to see Gujo Hachiman-jo Castle and a clear waterway from the window.
We’re sure that you are able to feel the Japanese summer atmosphere.
The keyword is “Staying like living”.
Please enjoy tasteful Japanese summer in Gujo Hachiman with the sounds of singings, drums, and pipers.
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