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If you spend your life stuck in one of Japan’s concrete jungles, you may have never seen a Bon-odori (Bon-dance) performed at the summer Bon festivals held all over the country in towns and villages, where people dance in a circle or in line, making the same moves together to traditional Japanese music.

Bon festivals, held in July or August to commemorate the souls of dead ancestors, vary from place to place, but almost always feature local people, often in colorful summer kimono, gathering together to perform these bonding, synchronized dances.

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