Join contest for video clips of “Bon odori” dancing scenes! Deadline: Aug. 31

Fukushima-Minpo Co. is soliciting video clips showing scenes of “Bon odori” dancing to the tune of folk song “Aizu Bandai-san ” (Mt. Bandai in Aizu) in a contest to close on Aug. 31. Applicants are asked to shoot video footage of someone dancing and post it on Twitter. Selected contestants will be awarded prizes, including a voucher worth 30,000 yen for an overnight hotel stay at either the Higashiyama Onsen or Ashinomaki Onsen hot spa resort in Aizuwakamatsu city, Fukushima Prefecture. At the resorts, the “Higashiyama Bon odori” and “Ashinomaki Onsen summer festival” events are held every year during the Bon midsummer Buddhist holiday season, featuring the Aizu Bandai-san dance. But both festivals have been called off this year due to the coronavirus epidemic. The company, publisher of the namesake local daily, has organized the contest to fan enthusiasm toward festival resumption next year. Each applicant needs to post on their own Twitter account a video clip with the hashtag “#Minna de Aizu Bandai-san wo odoro” (Let’s dance Aizu Bandai-san together) while following the official Twitter account of Fukushima-Minpo’s Aizuwakamatsu branch. The gold prize will go to two winners, each awarded a 30,000 yen hotel voucher at Higashiyama Onsen or Ashinomaki Onsen. The silver prize (Fukushima-Minpo award) worth 5,000 yen will be given to four winners each. Applicants who eliminate by Sept. 6 their accounts or tweets posted for the contest will not be eligible for the prizes. Prospective applicants may scan the QR code listed elsewhere to view a dancing girl as a sample video clip. The kimono-clad dancer is Koyuki Yoshikawa, hailing from Aizuwakamatsu and a model belonging to “Fukushima Bishojo Zukan” (pictorial book of beautiful young girls in Fukushima). For inquiries, call Fukushima-Minpo’s Aizuwakamatsu branch at 0242-27-1511. 【Photo】: Koyuki Yoshikawa dancing “Aizu Bandai-san” Bon odori. (Translated by Kyodo News)