Japanese Bon Odori Evening in Islamabad

Bon Odori Evening” Held At The Embassy of Japan   
The Embassy of Japan organized Bon-Odori Evening today at the official residence of Ambassador Takashi Kurai which was well attended by the people hailing from various segments of the Pakistani community.  Bon-Odori (meaning Bon dance) is a traditional Japanese dance which is held every summer in Japan as a reminder of the gratefulness one should feel towards one’s ancestors who have passed away. The typical Bon dance involves people lining up in a circle around a high wooden platform made especially for the festival called yagura.
Ambassador Takashi Kurai and Madam Rieko Kurai welcomed the guests at the Bon-Odori Evening to experience and enjoy the Japanese dancing, drumming, food, and clothing on display. The purpose of organizing this event at the Ambassador’s residence was to familiarize the Pakistani people with various aspects of Japanese culture and traditions.
At the Bon-Odori Evening, Pakistani guests were entertained with Wadaiko drumming which was performed by a Japanese diplomat while Bon dance was performed by the Japanese ladies who dressed-up in traditional Japanese kimono wear “Yukata” and Pakistani participants also tried the dance as well as Japanese traditional coat “Happi” to enjoy this special occasion. (END)
Photographic glimpses of Bon Odori Evening in Islamabad