No events have used to be more important religious undertakings for Japanese folks than the Bon Festival, which is observed once a year. Pious
people await reunion with dear deceased forebears in religious rituals, praying for their
heavenly happiness. The ‘Bon OdorI’ takes place in many localities of Japan during the months of July or August as time-honored events, and are observed in traditional way. In the Funabashi-city area, in contrast, a variety of ‘modernistic’ Bon-dancing assemblies are popular, with the music, rhythm and style different from the traditional ones; e.g., “Funabashi Ondo” (Funabashi Chorus Song). It has become simply mere amusement or pleasure making. However, it should be a wonderful, enjoyable experience to visit and join in some of the Bon-Odori gatherings, after sunset, at nearby shrines, temples, or school playgrounds.