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Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival(2019)in Toyama Prefecture | Dance in Nishi-machi


Traditional Events

Owara-Kaze-no-Bon Festival is held from September 1st to 3rd every year in Yatsuo, Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture. This video shows a daytime dance in Nishi-machi. (The video was taken on September 2nd, 2019)


Like the Higashi-machi, the Nishi-machi also was in the center of the old towns prospered as a town of merchants. There still remain mud-walled houses, a sake brewery with a good atmosphere and Japanese inn with lattice doors. Dancing in a circle against stone walls on Zendera Bridge located at the foot of Zendera Slope has a distinctive atmosphere.


A historical sake brewery "Fukutsuru Brewing Company", which sells grilled chicken and draft beer during the Owara-Kaze-no-Bon. You can eat and drink inside.


Dancers of Fukujima, with their wicker hats off, are waiting for the show on the stage near JR Ecchu Owara Station. Fukujima branch is a new one that was organized by people moved there from the old towns. Although its history is short, the town has the largest population of Owara dancers.


[Owara Kaze-no-Bon Q&A] (Part 3)
Q: Why do the dancers put on black sashes?
A: It is said to be a remnant of that people couldn't buy expensive sashes in the old days, so they danced putting on black sashes that there were in every house.
(From the guide map of Owara-Kaze-no-Bon)

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