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Ozu City , Ehime Related category:
The Bon Dance of Aoshima    

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The Bon dance of Aoshima has been passed down among the people who moved here from Sakakoshi village in the Banshu-Ako district in 1639. The Tairyo odori (good catch dance) is a lively dance performed on August 13, praying for the souls of fish and wishing for a good catch for the year. Moja odori (dance of the dead) is performed on August 14, in the costumes of the famous Ako Shijushichishi (47 loyal Ako retainers), commemorating their hometown. It has been designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Property for its gallant and gorgeous costumes, and the choreography and the lyrics have remained just as they originally were.

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