Jyushichiya Bon Odori: Traditional dancing festival in Todaiji temple

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Jyushichiya Bon Odori

Nigatsudo hall https://wakasa15thfd.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/%E6%9D%B1%E5%A4%A7%E5%AF%BA%E4%BA%8C%E6%9C%88%E5%A0%82%E3%80%8C%E5%8D%81%E4%B8%83%E5%A4%9C%E7%9B%86%E8%B8%8A%E3%82%8A%E3%80%8D2015/

Jyushichiya Bon Odori is a traditional dancing event taken place at Nigatsu-do hall in Todaiji temple in Nara, Japan.

This Bon Odori dancing festival starts from 18:30 to 21:00 at Nigatsu-do hall on 17th of September.

The meaning of “Jyushichiya”

jyushichiya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1tSCOlFMW0

“Jyushichiya” means “17th” in Japanese. 17th in every month is a the day of the fair for ”Kannon Bosatsu” (Kannon Bodhisattva)、αnd 17th of August in the old calendar is called “Jyushishiya”. On this day, there have been Buddhist memorial service at the sacred places of Kannnon in Japan.

Nigatsu-do hall in Todaiji temple

nigatsudo hall https://wakasa15thfd.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/%E6%9D%B1%E5%A4%A7%E5%AF%BA%E3%83%BB%E5%8D%81%E4%B8%83%E5%A4%9C%E7%9B%86%E8%B8%8A%E3%82%8A/

On 17h of September, the Manto lights (votive lights) are lit in the main hall of Nigatsu-do in Todaiji temple for the “Jyushichiya” buddhist memorial service.

Movie (Jyushichiya Bon Odori)

If you want to dance, you can join in the dancing festival. Just go there and mimic how Japanese people nearby dance.

Access and location

It takes 5 minutes from Todaji temple to Nigatsu-do hall.

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