When I went to a department store in Fukui City the other day,
suddenly a sentimental folk song was coming and a line of a folk dance appeared.
According to announcement in the store, they were dancers from a famous festival
“Owara Kaze-no-Bon”, which is held in Yatsuo, Toyama City from September 1st to 3rd
every year, and they came for promoting the festival.
Even in the busy department store, the dancers were bending their steps dancing slowly
along to the music.
Their yukata (cotton kimono for summer) is simple but beautiful with the vivid red color.
Not only the graceful dance but also the musical accompaniment by shamisen and kokyu
(Japanese stringed instruments) is the greatest appeal of the “Owara Kaze-no-Bon”.
“Owara Kaze-no-Bon” is one of traditional events which I would like to see one day
but visitors pour into the small mountainous area every year, so it’s very difficult
even to book a hotel there.
Maybe it’s better to participate in a bus tour to visit the festival. (H.S)