Worldwide Bon Odori on Zoom and Instagram
Thursdays from 8:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m.
Via Zoom and Instagram Live
The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York, Inc. hosts a weekly Bon Odori session on Zoom, and you’re invited! Connect with one another through this Japanese traditional communal event to and create a virtual matsuri online! These sessions are completely free and open to everyone.
These fun Bon Odori dances are so easy to learn that anyone can participate. Together you can recreate the vibrant energy and spirit of a Japanese Bon Festival in the comfort and safety of your own home.
Tonight the Japanese Folk Dance Institute will feature ObaQ Ondo, which is a silly and cute cartoon. Check it out!
How to Join
About the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York, Inc.
Formed in 1992 by Momo Suzuki, the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of N.Y. Inc. is a 501( c ) ( 3 ) not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and keep alive interest in the traditional folk dances of Japan. The organization performs, teaches, and preserves those authentic dances, which the ordinary working people of Japan originally performed.
Among the Japanese people, dance is an integral part of their lives, as spectators or as participants. Japanese folk performing arts evolved out of the daily lives of people in the local communities, generally to express a need, whether in reverence of a god or spirit, celebrate a good harvest, pray for a good catch, or exorcise evil spirits. Handed down from generation to generation, these performances can be seen in many Japanese festivals and popular events. They strongly reflect the spirit and nature of each region.
Currently, the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of N.Y. has two performing groups: MINBUZA, a group of professional dancers whose purpose is to perform folk dance from various parts of Japan, and NEW YORK HANAGASA KAI (Flower Hat Dance Group), a mixed group of all ages and nationalities that parades at festivals and other events.
For more information, please visit the Japanese Folk Dance Institute’s website.