The beginning of Obon
This weekend is Obon in Okinawa. This Buddhist festival takes place at a different time than in the rest of Japan, and is a three-day long celebration where families worship deceased ancestors.
In the days leading up to Obon, families will visit the graves of their ancestors to tidy and decorate them.
Right now, we have Eisa dancers coming up and down all of the streets in our area. They dance, sing, and play their drums in a welcoming ceremony for the spirits.