Obon in Japan -Okuribi-

August 17, 2016 Juju Kurihara Culture, Vocabulary Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

15th of August in Japan is the last day of Obon (お盆) as well as the memorial day of the end of the WWII. Still many families burn Okuribi (送り火) to send the soul of the ancestors back to their world. My grandma does it too. Usually Mukaebi (迎え火) is burnt on the 13th of August to receive the ancestors. It´s said that the smoke is the sign for the souls to reach their home correctly. Then during three days of Obon, your loved ones spend time with you in our world. 


What they burn is Ogara (おがら), split firewood made of pine tree. People used to use straws but now they are becoming more expensive and this pine sticks are sold commonly in the supermarkets. 



This is Okuribi, my grandma did this year. It was quite a windy day but they managed. Good by grandpa, see you next year!




  1. Rich michalak 2 years Reply

    Is there a point of contact in Japan that I can communicate with.

  2. Beth Parkhurst 4 years Reply

    What a wonderful festival! I very much wish that my mother and father would spend three days with me every August. We would spend the time at our place in the mountains. Mom Nd Dad loved it there. Thank you for telling me about this.

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