The Bon Dance at a local shrine

It’s the ‘bon’ period in Japan again, which means shrines nationwide will be holding special dancing events and festivals in order to pay respect to the spirits of the deceased. I took a video of dancing last year which you can view here.

At that time though I didn’t know it was the bon dance. Anyway, since the shrine is in my neighbourhood I was there again this year and got some alright photos. I’m not completely satisfied with how most of them turned out but they’re not all that bad, hope you enjoy ’em! Here are the ones which turned out the best…

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Didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, but I do like the ghostly effect which ended up being produced

Didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, but I do like the ghostly effect which ended up being produced

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Not where the festival was happening but taken on another street in the neighborhood

Not where the festival was happening but taken on another street in the neighbourhood