Obon in Japan, is the celebration/honoring the departed spirits of my ancestors [not just mine...]. It's typically celebrated around August 15th and I will inevitably get a call from my family in Japan as they gather to participate in Ohakamaeri to clean the graves and honor the deceased. What follows after usually consists of food, sake, and if the timing is just perfect, a trip to the Obon. In the US, it's about gathering around and seeing people you haven't seen in years, eating, dancing, and playing games.
Here's the thing, two of the most adorable kids came over to attend the WLA Obon and I just couldn't say no. Look at them...could YOU?
Ok, let me be super honest...the real reason I like going is for the item below. Shave Ice. I love this simple, cheap summertime treat. It's super easy to do but it's such a treat for me since I refuse to buy a snow cone maker.
I thought about breaking out my alter ego, Fujima Yumie, to dance bon odori [I can teach anyone who's interested!] but it was way too crowded for me to have enough patience to deal with it. Plus, they took out all my stand by dances that I used to know!! What on earth? Granted, it was super easy, just not as much fun as I remembered.