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Bon Dance with Closest Proximity to Operating Aircraft Held at Centrair's Sky Deck

Bon Dance with Closest Proximity to Operating Aircraft Held at Centrair's Sky Deck

Bon Dance at Centrair observation deck.

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Chubu International Airport (also known as "Centrair") in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture organized an evening Bon festival dance on the fourth-floor Sky Deck on July 23 and 24.

This year was the third time for the airport to host the event. Half of the Sky Deck, where visitors can see planes landing and taking off from only 300 meters away, was reserved for the dance. The year before, about 4,000 people showed up over two days. There was a Japanese taiko drum performance on a wooden stage decorated with paper lanterns. "It's a Bon dance event that's held closer to aircraft than any other in Japan," an airport planning department spokesperson said.

"It's very rare to be able to see planes flying and have a Bon dance with a control tower in the background," the spokesperson added. The dancing started in the evening and continued into the night. The lanterns were lit and runway lights turned on as the sky darkened. People at the event were able to see a night view extending as far away as Mie Prefecture across Ise Bay.

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