Aug 6
~
Aug 7

Nakano Bon Dance Festival

10:00am – 9:00pm
Free

The bon-odori festival held annually at Nakano Central Park (except for 2020 and 2021) typically attracts huge numbers of revellers. Luckily, the park is big, so there should be plenty of space to spread out.

What can I see and do?

The Nakano Bon Odori is a little different to regular bon-odori festivals. The major difference is that there is a main stage with highly varied live acts and DJs playing from 10 in the morning until 9 at night. Among the performers are male revue Kinniku Heishi (Muscled Gentlemen) and 80’s themed comedy/music group The Lethal Weapons.

Bon Jovi

In the years prior to the pandemic, videos of the festival went viral when attendees danced and sang along to Bon Jovi song “Living on a Prayer” — a not very complicated joke because Bon Jovi has “bon” in its name.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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