O-bon: Festival of The Dead or “Please Feed The Hungry Ghosts Day”

Late July marks the official start of O-bon, the Festival of the Dead, where Japanese people visit the graves of their ancestors and/or pay their respects to the recently departed. For Tokyoites, August is the time of celebration. It’s also a semi-official vacation for many, and the trains out of Tokyo fill-up with families going back home to visit the living and the dead. Some Japanese families who can’t afford to travel put offerings on... Read More