Obon or just Bon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors’ graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars.
It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori include Tsukudajima Bon Odori.
Due to the severe security policy of the shogunate during Edo period, there are only a few authentic Bon Odoris left in Tokyo and Tsukudajima Bon Odori is one of them.
Tsukudajima Bon Odori is believed to be started during Edo period, and it is known by the great contribution for the reconstruction of Tsukiji Hon-Ganji temple destroyed by the Great Fire of Meireki, also known as the Furisode Fire, on March 2, 1657.
Buddhism and Confucius
July 13th -15th
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