Summer festival music Japanese style. Bon odori, or bon dance, takes place during Obon, a custom and time during which people honour their ancestors. It takes place during the summer, although the exact time varies from region to region. The music and the dance also vary greatly from one region to another. Sometimes people dance in a circular fashion around a yagura, a high wooden stage, such as in Kawachi ondo, while others proceed in a straight line. Some dances use fans, others towels, still more use wooden clappers. A dance can depict a local area and its history. This CD contains Bon odori from throughout Japan, and comes with dance instructions, if you are so inclined.
1. Mitsuko Yuasa / Oishii Ondo 2. Naoyuki Harada / Tokyo Ondo (Tokyo) 3. Yoko Saito, Hidetake Endo / Hanagasa Ondo (Yamagata) 4. Minoru Onoda / Soma Bon Uta (Fukushima) 5. Masahiko Kawasaki / Dokyukai Ondo 6. Motoharu Sasaki / Hokkaido Bonuta (Hokkaido) 7. Toyama Minyo Owara Hozonkai / Ecchu Owara Bushi (Toyama) 8. Sadamichi Yamazaki / Gunjo Bushi, Kawasaki (Gifu) 9. Mitsuko Komatsu / Kawachi Ondo, Sen Sen Zukushi 10. Miyoki Nakamura / Awa Odori (Tokushima) 11. Sengetsu Ozawa / Chichibu Ondo (Saitama) 12. Hanei Sotozaki / Soran Bushi 13. Hanako Ono, Yoshikoe Endo, Kiyoko Tanaka, Norio Saito / Akita Ondo (Akita) 14. Yoko Harumi / Yamanaka Bushi (Ishikawa) 15. Tetsuji Okusako, Mihara Yassa Odori Shinkokai / Mihara Yassa Odori (Hiroshima) 16. Kyoko Saito / Yosakoi Bushi (Kochi) 17. Koume Akasaka / Tanko Bushi (Fukuoka) 18. Teruaki Todo / Bokenai Ondo Click here to email for availability