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Japan Performing Arts, Inc. is bringing the Japanese summer experience of Bon Odori dances to Governors Island. During the Obon summer holiday every August, people dance Bon Odori at festivals all over Japan. This Governors Island event is notable for bringing Japan’s Big Three Bon Odori dances into one venue, including Nishimonai Bon Odori from Akita, Gujo Odori from Gifu, and Awa Odori from Tokushima. Governors Island visitors will have hands-on Bon Odori dance sessions and more Japanese summer festival experiences here in New York.
JPA’s Bon Odori Festival begins on Friday, August 30 with a performance on Outlook Hill, 7-9pm.
The Festival continues on Saturday, August 31 with programs in Nolan Park from noon to 8pm, and another performance on Outlook Hill, 7-9pm.