Ōgida Bon Dance
Location: Ogida, Hinai-machi, Odate City
Site(s) of performance: Ogida Elementary School Street
Date(s): August 17
Category: Bon Dance
The most characteristic of the dance numbers here is the Hatagi (grasshopper) dance. It is so called probably because the dancers jump up and down, or perhaps because they dance in a grasshopper-like waggling way. A legend also relates that Lord Asari, the ruler of the area in the Middle Ages, granted villagers a big drum, which they hit hard to repel undesired insects. This dance is performed more to pray for good harvest than to appease the spirits of the ancestors.
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