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Wednesday, 14 July 2010 15:14
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Dance festival returns

Scott Schmidt
For the Sun Times
For the seventh-straight year, Galt Gardens will play host to an elegant display of Japanese culture, as the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta celebrates Bon Odori once again.
This year’s dance festival takes place July 17 at 6:30 p.m. and will include performances from several local artists.
The exact meaning of Bon Odori has some dispute.
While Westernized culture has dubbed the ancient Japanese custom as the “Good Dance,” the actual term ‘Bon’ comes from the word ‘Obon,’ which is a three-day festival during the heat of the summer.
Odori does mean dance but the direct translation is simply Bon Dance, as ‘Bon’ has no actual meaning.
“This is a time to honour, respect and remember those who have gone before us,” says Rev. Yasuo Izumi, minister at the Lethbridge temple. “Secondly, this is a time of reflection; to reflect on ourselves.”
The self-reflection, Izumi says, is a way to evaluate one’s selfishness and to look at how well we share our abundances with others around us.



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