August 8, 2017
Yesterday we celebrated the Bon festival in our neighbourhood in Kichijoji, and we made a little video about what our experience was like. We talked about it at great lengths on our podcast, but now you can see a bit of what we were talking about. And we got a new lens so we got to test it out. It’s better for nighttime shots. Yay!
Interestingly, we don’t know many people that go to Bon to celebrate. We have two Japanese friends that haven’t gone at all – like ever – while another hasn’t been since they got their first job a couple of decades ago. Which is crazy! We love these festivals. We love the food, the dancing, the little games with the small prizes, the candy apples and cotton candy. We love seeing everyone in their yukatas. There are some really gorgeous ones we saw. And the dancing is so fun. Not serious. Just playful, good fun. You’re not trying to hook up. You’re not trying to show off your moves. Most of the time you don’t know the dance and you’re doing your best to follow along and to learn the moves. It’s just so innocent. I haven’t asked many of our other friends yet (because we literally just went last night), but I hope to get a better understanding of how others feel about Bon, and I hope we can find someone that likes it as much as we do.
We’re not really certain about the origins of the Bon festival. We read something along the lines of a monk checking in on his mother in the afterlife, and seeing that she wasn’t too happy or something, so he decided to dance and sing for her to let her know that he values what she did for him, or something like that. We also read that the origin of Bon isn’t really fully acknowledged now by people celebrating it. People go more for the fun than the spiritual significance, kind of like how Christmas isn’t celebrated by everyone for the birth of Christ, but for the presence and the food.
And, yes, you’ll notice that I shaved my head. Why, you might ask? Well, after a long discussion with my hair, it seemed like we just didn’t see eye to eye on our relationship. I was looking for someone to be there for me, but my hair couldn’t stay committed, so I decided it’s best to cut it off. Goodbye hair! Hello chromedome. This is my new look now.
We’ve got some more dancing in the extras below, if you feel like grooving a bit more :D