Every year from the first to third day of September, a festival called Owara Kaze no bon is held in Toyama. Exists several explanations for the name of the festival but one is “a break due to strong wind or typhoon.” All the people of Yatsuo Town dance all night long to pray for a bountiful crop and appease the wind.
I joined the pre-event held during August 20-30 this year. I usually am not interested that much in joining Japanese festivals because the music is often loud and I’m not really into dancing (lol.) but this one was totally different from others.
I loved the combination of the slow move and quiet music.
In the day time, nobody but small number of tourists strolls the almost empty town.
After the sunset, the town changes… Nice warm lights of lanterns.
Locals, young and old, gather altogether to practice the dance.
Then the event starts with many spectators on both sides of the narrow long street.
I love every dancer wearing a big hat that hides almost all of their face adding a mysterious atmosphere to the festival.
In the last part of the event, anyone can join the big circle and dance slowly together with locals.
A very quiet but energetic night ended… I definitely will come back during September 1-3 in my near future.