Aug 12, 2010
It's Japanese Obon holiday starting from today til the weekend.
Obon is one of the most important Japanese traditions. People believe that their ancestors' spirits come back to their homes to be reunited with their family during Obon and pray for the spirits. For the reason, Obon is an important family gathering time, and many people return to their hometowns.
In Tokushima, Awa Dance festival is held as part of the Obon festival. It is the largest dance festival in Japan, attracting over 1.3 million tourists every year. Groups of choreographed dancers and musicians known as ren dance through the streets, typically accompanied by the shamisen (lute), taiko (drums), shinobue (flute) and the kane (bell). Performers wear traditional obon dance costumes and sing as they parade through the streets.
We are planning to join the festival tomorrow. Will show you how grand the festival is in my next input. For the meantime, do bear with the pictures of my break fast menu today. Selamat berbuka puasa!