Tokyo Bon 2020 (Makudonarudo) video world craze viewed more than 10 million times on YouTube

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Namewee is the famous C pop artist produced by Cool Japan TV inc’s general planning division. Namewee collaborated with famous YouTubers from all over Asia and Japanese traditional dancers to produce the video “Tokyo Bon 2020” (Tokyo Bon Odori 2020). This video features individuals from a range of nationalities performing the traditional Japanese Bon Odori dance. After just 2 months of its release, the YouTube video was watched over 10 million times.

 

The video was also uploaded to many other platforms across the world such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Weibo, Miǎo pāi, Měi pāi, Youku, bilibili and 9GAG, causing the views to erupt to over 100 million. One after the other, people from all over the world uploaded videos of themselves attempting the Bon Odori dance, creating a social phenomenon. The video also went viral in Japan. Already over 20,000 covers of the dance have been posted via the app “Tik Tok”, which is popular amongst the young generation. High School girls got particularly involved in this.

 

Tokyo Bon 2020: official version

The video is a catchy pop song featuring a Japanese high school student who says random Japanese words that sound like English words (Japanglish) to introduce tourist sites in Japan and traditional Japanese culture to Namewee the tourist and other foreigners who cannot understand Japanese. The climax of the song was set in a sumo ring where famous YouTubers from all over Asia and traditional Japanese dancers are wearing costumes associated with Japan such as Oiran dancers, Renjishi dancers, a sumo wrestler and ninja. This humorous music video captures the Japanese spirit in the face of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, raising excitement further.

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From children to adults, everyone enjoys the sense of language through Japanglish. People from all over the world have been flooding the internet with messages such as “I LOVE JAPAN!” “Tokyo Bon is the follow up to PPAP!” and “I want to go to Japan!”

 

And here is a comment from Namewee: “I respect all cultures of the earth. Foreigners find the sound of Japanglish particularly charming so I used it in this video. I wanted to make the world dance via Cool Japan TV. Crossing international boarders makes me so happy.”

 

Tokyo Bon 2020: Dance version

Worldwide successful creator UkonTakafuji choreographed the Bon Odori dance. These are his words: “I was surprised to hear a request to create a dance for the whole world, but what made me more surprised was that after a few months I managed to pull it off. The sun and moon, a blue sky and starry sky, and a field of flowers when the moon starts to rise in the evening – the world is beautiful, and it is here that traditional Japanese dancing takes the stage.  Seeing videos of children in schools in foreign countries dancing happily to this video touched my heart. The ring of Bon Odori has even crossed international boarders. I am so moved.”

 

Take a look at the video and try the dance for yourself!

 

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Cool Japan TV: http://cooljapantv.biz/

 

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    Bubble Festival -Osaka Bon 2018-

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