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Akita: Nishimonai Bon-Odori

Folk Dancing Meet, handed down for generations more than 700 years and designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Villagers in various kinds of colorful Yukata and sedge-hats or black hoods perform dancing by the light of bonfires, to the sound of Taiko, Yokobue (wooden flute) and Shamisen (three-stringed banjo) played by men on Yagura (a stage) situated in the center of the street.

Schedule & Key events:
● Aug. 16 & 17 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Bon Odori along Honcho-dori Street ● Aug. 18 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Bon Odori along Honcho-dori Street

Location: Honcho-dori Street, Nishimonai, Ugo-machi, Akita

JR Ou Honsen Line to Yuzawa Sta. From there, take bus to Hashiba Bus Stop (25 min.)

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.