Obon is an unofficial holiday in Japan that concluded this past weekend. The people I work with have described it as Japan’s version of Thanksgiving. Many people take time off work, make a pilgrimage to their hometown, and visit family while paying respects to their ancestors. Cemeteries are visited and fires are lit in their honor. In some towns, lanterns are constructed, lit, and sent floating down a river as a symbol of remembrance for family members who have passed.

We happened to be in the town of Towada as the lanterns floated down a local river.


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