This aceo is a continuance of my Japanese Women series.
The U. S. A. just finished Halloween, and Dia de los Muertos just passed in Mexico on November 2nd. August is the month that Japanese families honor and remember their ancestors. They do this by visiting the Family Grave as well as through gathering for the Bon Odori (Bon Dance). The song and music for the celebration varies from region to region. Although the Bon Odori is now synonymous with summer, its origin is in Buddhism. The dancing shows gratitude and appreciation toward one’s ancestors and the sacrifices that were made. Colorful yukatas (simple kimonos) are worn by both women and men. Everyone dances in unison around a high stage. The experience is both mesmerising and exhilarating .