Monday, August 19, 2013

10, 000 Eisa and Obon Season

So I thought I posted this but never did!  This is the 10,000 Eisa Parade on Kokusai street in Naha.  Obon is the festival of the dead in Japan and is very focused on honoring the ancestors that have passed.  "Obon--or just bon: This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.
Besides singing and dancing and feasting on graves (sounds very Dia de Los Muertos no?) they also have parades and fireworks.  Here's a peak at the fun---TIP: parking is terrible so show up early and be prepared to walk.  also, hottest day of the year!!!!  Bring A LOT of Yen for cold drinks and tons of sun protection.  I need to start bringing an umbrella like the Japanese ladies do I think.

N chilling with traditional shave-ice (usually with bean paste) and a Shisa the traditional spirit-guardian of Okinawa.

Lovely Yukata (summer kimono) was all around)
His own little bon drum!
He is NOT sunburned...he is just THAT HOT and flushed.

Dad and cutie

Beating in time with the marchers.