In this segment, we have put together the basic framework of Bon Dancing from the view points of “time”, “space”, “dance”, “songs and musical accompaniments”, “dress”, and “people, organization”.

In the chapter “Bon Dancing nationwide”, we drilled down on issues related to respective Bon Dancings from various aspects. In this chapter, we would rather survey the total picture of Bon Dancing from a wider point of view.

We would like to approach the “Total picture of Bon Dancing” while laying the basis on modern and traditional Bon Dancing existent around the nation, and at the same time, eyeing the figures of Bon Dancings that are historically important.

1. The time of Bon Dancing
Season “The season of Bon Dancing” is not only one.
Period #1 The peak of the schedule is from August 13 to 16.
Period #2 In some places they hold the festival for nearly 2 months.
The time of dancing #1 Bon Dancing is insistent on “The time of dancing = night”.
The time of dancing #2 “Tetsuya (All night) Dancing” is the biggest fascination of Bon Dancing.
2. The space of Bon Dancing
The type of dancing venue #1 We are surprised at the fact that people are dancing in various locations.
The type of dancing venue #2 The basic principle of the dancing venue is “The borderline with the land of the dead”
The dynamism of the dancing venue #1 Plural dancing venue and a free dancing venue.
The dynamism of the dancing venue #2 What does “The dancing venue moves” mean?
3. The shape of entertainment of the dance
The essence of the dance Bring out the essence of the dance from the difference between Mai (a type of dance) and the Odori (other type of dance).
Group pattern of the dance We newly classified the group pattern of dances, such as circle dance.
The concept of this segment owes a good deal to the article mentioned below which is an important literature of this area. We would like to inscribe and express our appreciation.

“Kyoudo geinou to Bon Odori (Local entertainment and Bon Dancing)” written by Yuhkichi Kodera, published by Toukei Shobou (Toukei Publishing)

We mention it as “Kodera Article” when we refer to it in this sentence.