Big news!! Two dances from Gujo City, the Gujo Dance (Gujo Odori) and the Kanomizu no Kakeodori dance of Meiho, have been registered as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. They are among the 41 traditional folk dances from 24 prefectures nominated by the Cultural Affairs Agency. The nomination and registration was completed at the UNESCO Intergovernmental Commission held in Morocco from November 28th to December 3rd.

With this, these Gujo Dances will join the Takayama Festival and Mino Washi as part of Gifu’s very own specialties in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list, along with UNESCO World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go.

The Gujo Dance is a treasured local tradition of over 400 years, held over three months for 30 nights. Considered to be one of Japan’s big three Bon Odori dances, it is one of the main celebrations of summer. Everyone, from locals to tourists are encouraged to hop in to join the dance circle and follow the simple dance moves of the people around. Be sure to catch the next ones whenever you can for an absolutely fun and unforgettable time!

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