Mainland had it’s Obon festival a few weeks ago, Okinawa prefecture celebrates Obon this week. Obon is a festvial where the Japanese honor their dead. It is said that during Obon the ancestors visit their families to receive food and honor from them. This holiday comes from Buddhism and is celebrated with dances and drums. Many stores are closed and businesses shut down during this time. Right before Obon everyone is buying food and other goodies for their celebrations. I don’t celebrate Obon since I am a Christian. But I see and hear the festivals and celebrations going on from my house and my work place.


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