Owara dance festival begins in Toyama
A traditional 3-day around-the-clock dance festival, Owara Kaze no Bon, has begun in Toyama City in central Japan.
The event dates back 300 years, and is held to pray for safety from typhoons and for a good autumn harvest.
On the opening day on Tuesday, participants danced in a procession through districts of Yatsuo Town where traditional houses and other sites remain, as well as on stage. At night, dancers wearing woven hats and summer kimonos slowly drifted through lantern-lit streets to various versions of "Owara-bushi" folk songs and the sounds of Chinese violins and samisens.
The festival will continue until Thursday, and is expected to attract about 200,000 tourists.