O-bon festival

20 August 2007

Recently we went out to watch the O-bon festival here in Sasebo, Japan. It was a pretty interesting festival that the Japanese celebrate. We got the impression it was about remembering their dead. Anyway, here are a few fun pictures from that day.

Kristi eating a sno-cone, it was VERY hot outside! =D
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Lantern passers, who bow and take the lantern and pass it down to the end where it is placed into the water.
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This picture shows the lantern passers better.
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This is a picture of the people that had the lanterns and what they looked like.
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This is a Japanese national named Eriko that is involved with a lot of Japanese/American relations on our base, she runs tours, Japanese Classes, and is shown here trying to explain about the O-bon festival.
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A hanging lantern that was put up for the festival. I tried to make these next two pictures look a bit gloomy, appropriate for a festival of the dead.
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Two hanging lanterns
Laterns

I was chewing on the straw from Kristi's sno-cone.
i eat straws

3 comments:

Reagan said...

Sounds fun...I love festivals - Especially Fall Festivals!

Jessie said...

If it was really hot out Ben,why are you wearing a long sleeved shirt??? hummmmmm
But all the pictures do look great.

Ben & Kristi Graves said...

haha, jessie i asked him the same thing, but he assured me that shirt is really lightweight. not really any different than wearing a short sleeve shirt. =)