JAPANESE CULTURE AND TRADITIONS

Obon — The Homecoming of the Ghosts

The Obon Festival of Japan

Obon paper lanters float on a stream under distant colored lights.
Paper lanterns, carrying the spirits of ancestors back to the realm of the spirits. (Depositphotos)

Each year, families across Japan welcome home the spirits of their ancestors during the three-day festival of Obon. It is most widely observed in mid-August, although the timing and type of celebrations vary by region and local customs.

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