The population of the village has doubled in the past few days. This is O Bon, somewhat similar to the Mexican Day of the Dead, the time that the spirits of the ancestors return to their earthly homes. There is a mass exodus from the cities as children, and grandchildren, return to their home villages. Gravestones have been washed and cleaned, and in our village a matsuri is held.
There are food stalls, games, and of course. kagura. First off the kids performed a couple of dances, then it was time for the village group to dance.
The Ebisu dance is always popular at matsuri's, as he throws bucketfulls of candy out to the kids in the audience.
And of course the Yamata no Orichi dance where Susano battles the eight-headed serpent.
But the main event of the night is the Bon Odori. Every region has their own version of the dance, but it usually involves the villagers dancing in a circle around a central platform that holds the drummer and singers.