Port Tower Ondo
This folk song is about the Kobe Port Tower, a bright red landmark located in Meriken Park. Meriken Park is where the popular Kobe Umi-no-Bon Odori Festival is held each year.
One of the most famous folk songs from Fukushima Prefecture, the song prays for a plentiful harvest. It is a very popular folk song throughout Japan. And because each dance loop is very short, it is very easy to learn.
Kagoshima Ohara Bushi
This cheerful song from Kagoshima evokes the energy of tropical regions. The song lyrics feature famous places, Meiji-era* figures, and food from Kagoshima. The tempo is also fast, and once you remember the dance moves, you can have a lot of fun dancing it. *Meiji era: 1868-1912
Yama to Minato to Hanadokei
Kobe is a city that is nestled between the mountains and the sea, and the Sannomiya Flower Clock in the city’s Chuo Ward is the first flower clock in Japan. This folk song conveys these aspects of Kobe.
This is a coal mining song from the Chikuho coalfield region of northern Kyushu. Originally one of the work songs sung by coal miners, the folk song changed with the times and was adopted in Bon Odori festival dances. The dance is so simple that anyone can easily learn it, making it a popular one throughout Japan.