Nishimonai Bon Odori
Ogachigun Ugomachi, Akita Prefecture
It is said that Nishimonai Bon Odori started about 700 years ago.
Every year, it is held for three days from August 16th to 18th to show and send respect to a person’s ancestral spirits. When the sun sets on the mountains of Dewa, the dancing of the drummers rings to Nishimonai in Hago Town, and eventually the dressed kids will show off the dance of the top of the main street where the fire is over and the Bon Odori will open. Dance costumes are also characteristic of the event, with a braided shade with large warpage in the front and back, a hidden costume that is made by joining together large and small cloths called end sewing, and a black cloth named Hikosazukin. Costume floats on fire create a fantastic atmosphere.
In 1981, Nishimonai Bon Odori was designated as an important intangible folk cultural property of Japan as an ethnic entertainment with high artistic value.
Enjoy the enthusiastic fans and elegant flowing beautiful dance!