JAPANESE CULTURE AND TRADITIONS
Obon — The Homecoming of the Ghosts
The Obon Festival of Japan
Each year, families across Japan welcome home the spirits of their ancestors during the three-day festival of Obon. Held in mid-August, the timing and type of celebrations vary by region and local customs.
The festival traces its origin to Buddha’s disciple, Mokuren, whose mother had fallen into the world of the hungry ghosts, an unpleasant realm in the afterlife. His heart ached to imagine her suffering. In answer to his…