Ecchu “Owara Kaze no Bon Festival” is a festival that takes place in the Toyama city Yao area in Toyama prefecture in early September each year. Dancers covered in straw hats dance to the performance of Kokyu (Chinese fiddle) and shamisen, which are full of unique tones. A man is proud and a woman dance shows a gentle and refreshing dance that exudes curvaceous beauty. A lyrical dance is reflected in the setting of an emotional city and it is a beautiful taste. The delicate gestures and slick gestures of the dancing women give a feeling of unsurpassed emotion.
“Yatsuo-machi Town” (Eight Ridges Town) has the origin of a town open to the ridges of eight mountains. It is also called a hill town, and it is a beautiful town along a highway leading to the mountains of Hida. There will be a folk song “Owara Kaze no Bon Festival” where you can get drunk with dance and song from September 1st to 3rd.
A melody filled with the heart of “Etchu Owara bushi” (a song for Japanese folk dance in Etchu-present day Toyama Prefecture).
On Kokyu’s rhythm, the men perform a mighty dance, and a refreshing and women’s elegant dance is accompanied by flowers.
Dancers wearing a straw hat worn to conceal thier face dance while dancing fantastically in the background of the cityscape with plenty of old emotions such as lattice doors and storehouses. “Etchu Owara bushi” (a song for Japanese folk dance in Etchu-present day Toyama Prefecture) captures the mind of Japanese who love refined arts.
Sometimes it’s soft, sometimes it’s quick, and it’s the beauty of the momentary stop. Sophisticated music and dance beauty shakes the soul of what you see.
It is an event where you can taste the moist mood that shakes something that sleeps in the heart of the Japanese.
A song or dance that has come to a standstill, a rage that sometimes appears in it. Exquisite combination of movement and stillness is also the charm of Owarabushi. Kokyu’s elegant investigation is so indescribable that you can not get out of your ear.
Please fully enjoy the beauty of Owarabushi from the eve to the main festival.
“Owara Kaze no Bon” which is in a sad melody of Ecchu Owara-bushi, and continues dancing by calm movement regardless of the night and day. It is a festival to represent Toyama performed in Yatsuo area Toyama-shi, Toyama from September 1 through 3rd every year. There are also many people who would like to see the eccentric festival that there is a touch of sweet melancholy once, and tourists visit them from the whole country every year. It seems that it is also good to stay at the Toyama central part since a relief service the bus and the railway have come out till late at night even if you cannot stay at Yatsuo where the festival is performed.
Dancers pulling their Amigasa (a straw hat worn to conceal one’s face) over their eyes perform dance uniting with Kokyu (chinese fiddle) or the melody of samisen of peculiar plaintive melody of Owara-bushi, men are heroic, and woman are graceful. On the stage of atmospheric cityscape, a lyrical dance shines and is beautiful flavor.
By the rows of houses which leave the emotion of ancient times fully, such as a lattice door and a warehouse, an Ecchu Owara clause catches people’s mind and does not detach it. Several thousand bonbori (Japanese lantern covered with paper) stands in the town, and men and women dance with the sound of a samisen, kokyu, and a drum, and go the town of a hill by a uniform happi coat and dressing in yukata.
When Suwamachi hondori street, which left traditional taste, is over the time of twilight, the bonbori are lighted. Because it is crowded with a large number of people when it is night, the time of twilight is recommended. It is chosen as “the 100th elections of the way in Japan”.
There are the grace and the charmingness which are not seen easily to other festivals. Owara Kaze no Bon is a festival for adult who wants to experience at once. It is recommended to see a late-night town dance. The quiet thought that the people to a festival are deep inside is felt, and it becomes the trip which remains in the heart.
|Name:||Owara Kaze no Bon Festival|
|Address:||Yatsuomachifukujima Toyama, Toyama 939-2376 Japan|
|Access:||JR Takayama-honsen Line “Ecchu-Yatsuo-eki” station (1 minute walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 76-454-5138 (Ecchu Yatsuo Tourism Association)|
|Price:||Free (some sites charge for seat)|