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Learn a Japanese Folk Dance August 17

Japan is built upon ancient cultures and traditions that date back extremely far into history. Some of the traditions of ancient Japan are still alive and well and this August, you can participate in one of them. It’s a dance, the Bon Odori Dance, which will be performed outdoors in a garden. Today, the dance is performed for fun and tradition.

Bon Odori

This is the Bon Odori Dance. Traditionally, it was performed in mid-August and it was danced to a Japanese folk song. The dance was originally meant to calm ancestral spirits but today, it is performed as a matter of tradition. The dance is a true thing of beauty but it is also a bit of a workout.

Bon Odori Dance

Wear comfortable shoes, because you will be using your feet, and a bottle of water because you will want it. You will be surrounded by the beautiful gardens and you’ll be right on the river, so the views from here can’t be beat.

Be at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens from 6 to 7 pm. Tickets for the dance cost $25 per person. The gardens are at 1435 Frankfort Avenue. That’s in the Clifton neighborhood and this is a great place to explore history.

Dancing Around Clifton

Clifton began its life in Louisville as far back as 1860, so this neighborhood is certainly historic. It's also packed with cool antique shops and antique architecture. History is alive and well here.  Clifton has parks, schools, lots of restaurants and things to do. But it also has a lot of pretty homes. There are many two- and three-bedroom homes in Clifton, cozy places built out of stone that have high-end features like stainless steel and hardwood floors.

Go see Clifton this August and get a look at some of the city's past. Maybe this is where you will create some of your own new traditions.

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the Joe Hayden Real Estate Team - !

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