(U.S Army Japan,Camp Zama) Annual international friendship Bon Dance Festival
「Annual international friendship Bon Dance Festival opens up the base to visitors and has lots of food stalls serving American food, live DJ performances, and a show by the Japan-US army band. You’ll see lots of Americans and Japanese alike wearing yukata and strolling around. In addition, the end of the festival is marked by 3,000 fireworks, which you can see in all their intense detail up close.
The Bon dance then begins at sunset. The event begins with a greeting by the base management HQ and a commanding officer of the JSDF. Carefully-trained US-Japan teams show off their rendition of the Bon Dance at the Bon Tower the center tower called "Yagura"t. While you cannot participate in this part of the show on the turret, visitors surround the watchtower in a large circle and dance on the ground. Every year, countless people take part. It’s enough to simply imitate what everyone else is doing. Japanese and Americans alike shed their inhibition and get to dancing. The view is simply spectacular. The Bon dance is even more fun if you try it yourself, so all are invited to participate.
Annual international friendship Bon Dance Festival
［Date］Generally held in early August
［Place］US Army Camp Zama
［Price］Free of charge (food & beverages separate)
*Those above middle school age will be asked to present ID when entering the grounds.
（For details on valid forms of ID, please see the US Army Base Management Headquarters Facebook page.）
Camp Zama is a US Army base that spans Zama City, Kanagawa Prefecture and Minami Ward, Sagamihara City. A 15-minute walk from Sobudai-mae Station on the Odakyu Line or Sabudaishita Station on the JR Sagami Line. Bus service is available from either station. Get off at Zama Camp
AddressKanagawa Prefecture Sagamihara City Zama City Camp Zama
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