Every August, families in Japan prepare for the return of their ancestors spirits with elaborate altars, displays and even dance festivals called Bon Odori.
Around this time grocery stores prepare many festive foods used for offerings as well as special decorations. But, what are Shoryo Uma and why are they made of cucumbers and eggplants?
Obon is a traditional festive period to honor and entertain our ancestors’ souls and most regions in Japan observe it from August 13 through Aug. 16.
During this time, you’ll notice families visiting cemeteries and setting up festival altars to welcome the souls of their relatives. Bon Odori dances during this time are also a popular way to...
Sefa Utaki is the Okinawan way of acknowledging the “ultimate ancestor”, the creator of the Ryukyu Islands. It is a place of respect, reflection and thanksgiving, much like the shrines in other parts of the world where we pay respect for those who have gone before us.