As I’m sure all of you Japananophiles living in London will know, Japan Matsuri is on again this year on October 5th. I’m really looking forward to it, as I’m seriously missing Japan at the moment. Expect the usual: food, nodojiman, games, travel, and culture. This is definitely not a day to be missed. However, in my opinion, the best way to enjoy and appreciate a matsuri is to actually take part. I volunteered to help at Japan Matsuri a couple years ago, and I’ll be doing the same again this year. But on top of that I’ve also volunteered to take part in the Bon odori flashmob organised by the Japan Society.
Bon odori is a dance that is usually performed during Obon, a Japanese holiday where families get together to honor the dead. The dance varies from region to region, but it is usually danced in a circle around a yagura, or wooden scaffold.
If you would also like to join, you can find more details here.