What's new

Welcome to Japan Reference (JREF) - the community for all Things Japanese.

Join Today! It is fast, simple, and FREE!

O-bon

Irena

Kouhai
Joined
9 May 2003
Messages
63
Reaction score
0
Mina-san!
Konnichiwa!
Is it true o-bon is celebrated in Tokyo in the mid-July, not in the mid-August (as it is in the country)? I am planning a trip to Tokyo, and would like to see the celebration, so I just would like to be sure...
Thanks for your help!
Ja mata ne! Irena ;)
 

thomas

Unswerving cyclist
Admin
Joined
14 Mar 2002
Messages
9,844
Reaction score
1,429
I've once celebrated obon with my in-laws and still remember that it took place in August.

But:

July 15 (Lunar calendar), or August 15 (Solar calendar) is celebrated in Japan as "Bon" or Urabon, The Feast of Lanterns, especially by the Japanese Buddhists. It is said that during the year, on this day only, the iron pot in hell is opened for the deceased. Buddhist services are held at temples and private houses for ancestors, relatives and friends who died in the past, and particularly for those who passed away during the past year.
=> http://mothra.rerf.or.jp/ENG/Hiroshima/Festivals/50.html

Japanese National Holidays 2003

=> http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~tc9w-ball/useful/holiday.htm

Aug 13-15 (Tuesday-Thursday) Obon (always Aug 13-15)
Not a national holiday, but this is the period (Festival of Souls) when Japanese traditionally visit the graves of their ancestors. Most people will take a few days off from work around this time.
One of my smart reference books says on obon:

Annual buddhist festival that takes place during three days, from July 13 - 15...
I assume that the solar calendar applies. ;)
 

Hoyu

先輩
Joined
3 Nov 2002
Messages
247
Reaction score
3
My temple is holding its Bon Dance on July 4th & 5th this year.
 

Irena

Kouhai
Joined
9 May 2003
Messages
63
Reaction score
0
Konnichiwa,
domo arigato gozaimasu!
Mina-san, do you know any temple in Tokyo, where O-bon is going to be celebrated on July 13th-15th?
;) 🙂
 

Irena

Kouhai
Joined
9 May 2003
Messages
63
Reaction score
0
Thank you, Kakuzen-san! 🙂
Most of the links on the page are unfortunately unactive, but I found a lot of interesting information!
Still, if anyone stays in Tokyo, please let me know what do you know about the time of the celebration.
🙂
 

Hoyu

先輩
Joined
3 Nov 2002
Messages
247
Reaction score
3


Break out your Hapi coats... O-bon is upon us!
 

Ldy Yakuza

後輩
Joined
22 Jun 2003
Messages
8
Reaction score
0
Well I`ve always celebrated Obon in August, but my family has just informed me that Tokyo does celebrate early, sometime in July. One tip though.. Obon time is the worst time to travel in Japan. Flights coming from the States, densha (train), and shinkansen (bullet trains), are busier this time of the year than all holiday seasons put together. So, my advice would be to go at least 5days to a week prior to the celebration. (It`ll also give you time to buy a Yukatta ((summer kimono))
 

Irena

Kouhai
Joined
9 May 2003
Messages
63
Reaction score
0
Mina-san! Domo arigato gozaimasu.
I already had to postpone my trip (until the END of July) so it looks I will not see o-bon in Tokyo... and will be rushing in an opposite direction flying BACK to Europe in the mid-August ;)
 

Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Top Bottom