Pre-Opening Celebrations Continue at Setsu Niseko

  • By Sirada

Our pre-opening celebrations continued throughout the Obon weekend with Taiko drumming and traditional Hokkaido Bon Odori dancing in the Setsu Courtyard gardens.

The powerful sounds of the Taiko drums filled the air of the courtyard with a sense of excitement as the celebrations kicked off with a dramatic performance by a local Taiko drumming troupe. A rich part of Hokkaido heritage stemmed from Nenbutsu folk dancing over 600 years ago. Bon Odori is a style of dancing to the traditional song, “Hokkai-bon-uta” combined with Taiko drumming performed during the Obon period.

Hotel Manager Michiko Tamoto and her Setsu team dressed in Japanese kimonos welcomed guests to join them in this traditional Hokkaido dance. Many families young and old joined in the fun and celebrations, with children donning traditional Japanese outfits to dance around the courtyard. Some of the little ones even got a chance to try out their luck with the taiko drums.

Our restaurants and spa are open and there is also Bon Odori and Taiko performance planned for today. Please come on down and join us.

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