“Bon-odori” dance illustration

When the neighbors lit candles for the lanterns to show respect for the deceased, it was the time for “Bon-odori” dance. Chochin lanterns were attached to strings and hung along the houses. At the center there was a tall podium where the drummers played music and people young and old gathered and danced. They shouted: “A fool who dances and a fool who just watches, if you both are fool, it’s better to dance.” Everyone from the neighborhood brought food to share, and we danced all night long!