Festival of the dead

It’s been a while since my late post, and it’s even longer since I took these photos last summer. Every August there’s a small obon celebration under the bullet train tracks near our house. Obon is the festival of the dead when Japanese honour their ancestors. A local taiko drumming group comes to our festival.

This isn’t the first time I’ve photographed the celebration although it’s the first time I’ve recorded sound. Please make sure you have can hear the soundtrack.

We live in an unremarkable and by no means affluent part of Tokyo, but there’s a great sense of community. One village in a city of 13 million people.

2 Responses to “Festival of the dead”

  1. Antony says:

    The last frame of the slideshow and the one with the sitting girls are fantastic shots!
    The soundtrack really brings life to the whole set.

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