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CONTENTS

1 Be careful of accidents involving water
2 The Event Calendar Funabashi
3 all foreign nationals living in Japan
4 Did you pay civil taxes first due in June?
5 Town Watching (Evacuation Shelter)
6 Bon Festival
7 Specialty product of Funabashi  < Pears >
8 Japanese Cooking
     ~Yaki-soba
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9 Japanese Expressions
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Bon Festival

 
 

Bon Festival is one of religious customs for the ancestor memorial service.  It is carried out in July in a part of Tokyo, Yokohama and etc. but in the remaining part of Japan, it is carried out in August.

On Aug. (or Jul.) 13th, ancestors are welcomed with Mukae-bi (spirit-welcoming fire) and let them stay with their family.  On Aug. (or Jul.) 16th, ancestors are sent with Okuri-bi (bonfire for the spirit of the dead).

 Both of Mukae-bi and Okuri-bi are prepared in front of house-entrance by burning Ogara (barked stem of the hemp) or cut pine tree.

Mukae-bi (spirit-welcoming fire) is sign-spot for ancestors not to go to a wrong house and also has meaning of welcoming.

Okuri-bi (bonfire for the spirit of the dead) is to send ancestors.  Okuri-bi in Kyoto is very famous and lots of tourists visit there.

To my regret, this custom itself has not become common recently.  But lots of companies provide holidays during 13th and 16th of Aug. as Bon-holidays, so lots of families come back to their hometown, show their kid(s) to their parents and visit their ancestors’ grave.

All of railways, airplanes and high-ways are very jammed during Bon-holidays, so it is better to postpone the trip plan if you have.

During Bon-festival, Bon-odori (traditional dance festival) is planned at a nearby temple, primary school or park.  If you have chance, please join it for your good memory.

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