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All you have to do is look (11)

Posted by ampontan on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bon odori in Tokyo.

Nowadays, bon odori is a sedate summertime dance performed mostly by women of middle age or older. During the Edo period, however, it was sometimes a prelude for young men and women isolated by farm work to head off to the bushes for some real action.

Those who read Japanese can further pursue their ethnographic research here.

(Photo from the Xinhua news agency)

One Response to “All you have to do is look (11)”

  1. toadold said

    There might be a solution to the demographic problem in the Bon odori. Make all booze tax free for it and spread tatami mats and screens out in the parks. If a lady becomes pregnant during Bon odori give her a life time discount card for beer, being a parent you need some kind of relief.

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