The annual Obon period in August sees a mass exodus from Japan's towns and cities as people return to their hometowns to gather with their relatives.
Offices, universities and other businesses in Japan often shut during the Obon period.
At Obon (Festival of Souls), the dead, the ancestors, are honored. Family graves are spruced up and many communities hold the Obon dance known as Bon Odori - sometimes massive festivals such as the Awa Odori in Tokushima.
The Obon holidays this year will run from August 13-15 with some companies remaining closed to the 16th or reopening on the 18th.
Japan Obon folklore Bonodori
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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