OF VICTORIA MARCH 2003
is a Japanese traditional summer dance festival. The dance is very simple,
you can learn within a few minutes practice! Its
absolutely fun! Yukata
is a Japanese informal summer kimono.
You can see many beautiful competitors from the Yukata
Click on the images to see a larger version.
summer evenings everywhere in Japan, the local community enjoys Bon-Odori
(dance) in the near-by park or playground. This tradition was originated when
the farmers thanked the Rice Paddock God for the good summer crop. The Dance
movement is simple and repetitive. Of course you can learn these dances
at any age!
drums will inspire your movement.
This year there was a Mikoshi
(portable Shinto shrine) on display and carried as part of the festival.
This was clearly very popular with the children.
year for first time the JCV Bon Odori festival included food and retail
stalls. People attending the festival could enjoy a traditional Japanese
lunch or buy traditional Japanese merchandise from retailers.
(Left) Oriental Artifacts
Modern Japanese Music
year there was even some modern Japanese music from a local Japanese band.
Yukata competition is part of the Bon Odori festival. With
more Japanese girls entering the traditional Japanese fashion
competition this year the competition was always going to be hot! See
the results and many high resolution pictures of Yukata.
See also the 2002 JCV Bon Odori