Monday, August 28, 2006

Obon in Miyazu part II

Miyazu Lantern Floating Fireworks Festival

The Obon festival is celebrated on August 16 every year. This festival was born of the ancient practice of welcoming ancestors back to the human world with lanterns.

The main feature of the festival is the great lantern display and fireworks show on the final evening. Miyazu Bay is covered with burning spirit ships, lanterns, and thousands of floating candlelit boats, as the fireworks fall into the Bay.

Ate and drank all kinds of wonderful Japanese snacks and beer with local JETs Bryn, Jannie, Leigh, Harry, Jamie, Tim, and Adam (my predecessor) and Bonnie, who came up from Kyoto. We joined in the traditional Obon dance with the locals and were quickly humbled by our inability to move gracefully in our western clothing.

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