In Japan, there are several forms of traditional dances but the most common forms are 'Bon Odori' and 'Mai'. Bon is a very popular festival of Japan that is celebrated every summer in all the prefectures of Japan including the urban areas. During the festival of Bon, Japanese people dance Odori, which grew out of Kaburi Drama in the Edo period. Odori is a simple dance for which you don't need to be a Japanese to dance Odori. It is generally oriented more towards the sentiments of males rather than females.
Bon Odori Japanese Traditional Dance
Mai is a traditional Japanese Dance that originated in the Western parts of Japan and it is traditionally performed at the houses of people rather than performing on the stage. Over the period, the traditional Japanese Dances have evolved into different forms including the modern versions that fuse the traditional dance with rock beats. Mai dance is generally influenced by the elegance and royalties associated with the Imperial Culture and Traditions. Kabuki, Noh Mai, Nihon Buyo, and Bon Odori are the most popular traditional dances of Japan.