During the construction of the castle, a beautiful maiden who was a dancer at the festival was buried as a human sacrifice in an attempt to appease whatever gods/spirits were causing the stonework to collapse time and time again.
Following the girl’s sacrifice, the castle stonework ceased collapsing, and the castle was completed. After the completion of the castle, when young girls began to dance the bon odori, the whole castle started to shake!
For this reason, bon odori was forbidden in the castle town.
This year is the third year of what is called the “Dandan Natsu Odori”, which may be likened to bon odori. The castle hasn’t been caused to shake with this lively festival, so the spirit of the girl buried alive must not object. Here is a picture of the procession as dancers cross the Ohashi Bridge in the evening.
A total of 50 groups, 1,700 people, participated in this summer festival on August 25th, with Ohashi Bridge as the main stage. The evening section of the festival was dedicated to a fixed parade set to the ‘Matsue Yakyoku’ (Matsue Nocturne).
A comment from an 18-year-old participant from Higashi-izumo: “It was my first time to dance on Ohashi Bridge. There was a nice view, it felt good to dance there”.
The media and local camera enthusiasts were also out in force ^-^
- Bon-odori: Dance your way to love, health, and mental fitness! (en.rocketnews24.com)
- Tsukiji Bon-Odori festival in Tokyo (japanesecookingclasstokyo.wordpress.com)