:: People believe that their ancestors' spirits come back to their
homes to be reunited with their family during Obon and pray
for the spirits which makes it an important family gathering
time, and many people return to their hometowns.
:: Memorial services held at Obon have two meanings. One is to
honor the Buddha and show reverence for one’s ancestors and
others who have died. The other is to express gratitude to all
people to whom we are indebted, including people who are
alive such as our parents, relatives, and friends.
:: Obon remains one of the most important Buddhist
observances. It is celebrated in several Asian countries but
none with more extravagance than Japan.
:: The typical Obon is a blend of somber reflection and
:: Japanese people clean their houses and place a variety of
food offerings such as vegetables and fruits to the spirits of
ancestors in front of a butsudan (Buddhist altar). Chochin
lanterns and arrangements of flower are usually placed by the
:: A special shelf (also
Tama-dana) is made where
the family memorial tablet
is placed along with various
offerings. Houses without
Obon Dana, the butsudan is