So yesterday was he first day of Obon in here Japan ! Obon festival is basically celebrating the dead !All the information in this post comes from people talking to me . I don`t ask Google , i ask locals !
I`m staying here with Japanese family so they invited me to join them on daily activities .
*Did you know that if a woman gets married , then when she dies her bones will be placed in Husbands family lines grave .
*Funeral in Japan is in very special way , so when a person dies ,Its body is brought to the house , cleaned , dressed with kimono and placed in living room , the family stay with it for 3 days (Its for three days in the middle of the room ) . Family talks about it and drinks .All the time there must be scented sticks burned , as body would rot .
Then after three days its brought to crematory . There its cremated . After they bring remains out and family member collect bones themselves with chopsticks . (I think that must be the hardest thing to do )
Chant for ancestors : Belief is that ancestors will come home with us , when chant is done , and after few days there a ceremony to sent them back .
Visit temple : So we all went to Buddhism temple and played some strange music instruments and lighted scented sticks . Temple was huge with red carpets . Children were going crazy with bells in the building , so it sounded like a party !
Help to prepare for street market :
This family sells different things from time to time in street markets , today was no exception . We prapared all the products and were on out way to next village where everyone gathers .Super small market , just few locals .
In street market family sold potato /flours balls with chicken soup on top and some sides like slice of corn , tomato , aubergines .. Tastes amazing !
Family and lanterns:
After we head to family home where we had some raw tuna . (Never tried raw fish before ) .It was amazing , would never guess it was not cooked .And we had some Murayama traditional soup (with mushrooms , potatoes and lots of other stuff i have no idea what is it called )
and tea in lounge and you can watch tv , while your waiting for oposite sex to get out of dressing rooms , as every is seperate .
This was a cool day . I found out so much more about Japan . Best way to understand Japan is to live in Japan with Japanese !
Happy Oben !
Papau New Guinea