In Japan, Obon is the time of year when all the ancestors’ spirits make the long haul back to the world of the living to pay a visit. It’s kind of a big deal. Butsudan-altars are decorated to the hilt and families wait expectantly for grandma and grandpa, great grandma and great grandpa (not to mention great, great, great grandma and grandpa) to arrive and hang out. This month’s podcast is part one of Obon, welcoming fires and cucumber horses. Please continue listening to Part Two!
The intro/outro music of Uncanny Japan is a piece by Christiaan Virant (“Yi Gui” from Ting Shuo). The whole album is just gorgeous as it everything else by FM3.
Reminds me very much of Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos.
Yes! I just got an email from someone saying the exact same thing. ^^d