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Groups of choreographed dancers and musicians known as ren dance through the streets at summer festivals in Japan, typically accompanied by the shamisen lute, taiko drums, shinobue flute and the kane bell. Performers wear traditional obon dance costumes, or summer kimono, and chant and sing as they parade through the streets. Originally from Tokushima, Shikoku, its popularity has spread through Japan and is now a standard feature of summer festivals throughout the country.
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Groups of choreographed dancers and musicians known as ren dance through the streets at summer festivals in Japan, typically accompanied by the shamisen lute, taiko drums, shinobue flute and the kane bell. Performers wear traditional obon dance costumes, or summer kimono, and chant and sing as they parade through the streets.  Originally from Tokushima, Shikoku, its popularity has spread through Japan and is now a standard feature of summer festivals throughout the country.