I wrote about last year's Bon Odori festival here. This year, I was excited to be taking part in the festival! Our husbands were deployed, but the wives of 141 came out to support us!
Mrs. Bag-O, our XO's wife, me, CO's wife (COW)
Mrs. Bag-O + Me
More 141 wives!
Me + Mrs. Bag-O
Our cute bows
NAF Atsugi Dancers doing a dance to Call Me Maybe
Other groups of Japanese Bon dancers were invited to participate in our festival
NAF Atsugi dancers on the stage
Mrs. Bag-O and I ... the photo is blurry but it makes me laugh!
Dancers ... you can see our obi bows and everyone's pretty updos!
Our friend Mrs. Handy
More action shots!
Mrs. Bag-O and I
All in all, I am glad I participated in Bon Odori dancing this summer! It was definitely out of my comfort zone - I am super uncoordinated and hate being in the limelight - but all of the festivals we participated in this summer were a lot of fun. It was also a great opportunity to learn about a part of Japanese culture that I probably never would have known about had I not moved to Japan. If you are over here and you have the opportunity to participate, I highly recommend it!