Lighting the way for Obon

Aug 13, 2014

Lighting the way for Obon

by Masami Ito

Toro nagashi is a long-held Japanese tradition where candle-lit lanterns are released into rivers to guide the spirits of ancestors back to the other world during the Obon season. On Aug. 16, the Asakusa Toro Nagashi will see 2,500 lanterns set afloat on the ...

Haunted houses give public summer chills

Sep 5, 2013

Haunted houses give public summer chills

by Antoine Bouthier

A shiver down the spine is one way of keeping cool in Japan during summer, traditionally viewed as a time when the spirit world makes its presence felt. Millions return to their ancestral hometowns in August for the Bon season, in which relatives gather ...