Wednesday, 4 August 2010


As well as being a popular month for fireworks, August is the month when Obon occurs. It is a Buddhist festival that lasts for three days and has evolved into a family reunion where they return to their ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves. As well as having fireworks throughout August, there are lanterns hanging everywhere. Most of them have beautiful writing on them, but we realised this is just the name of the company that has sponsored the lantern, so not quite as romantic as we originally thought....

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