Shiraishi Bon Dance on the beach at Shiraishi Island
The O-bon period has started! The Shiraishi Bon Dance will be performed on Shiraishi Island from August 13 thru 16th at 7 pm each night. This 800-year-old dance is performed every year in memory of the souls of the fallen Heikei warriors of the Inland Sea battle during the Gempei War (1185). The dances leading up to the 16th will take place at the city hall, and the public is welcome to participate. On the 16th, the islanders will don traditional robes (see photo above) and dance on the beach to see off the spirits who have returned to the island for the Bon period. The spirits will be sent out on the sea via candle-lit floating lanterns, signifying the end of O-bon.
Please note that all accommodation is fully booked on the island for the bon period. Camping on the beach, however, is still an option.