We’ve all lost someone we’d like to bring back, and at Japan’s Obon Festival (also O-bon or Bon), spirits that have left the living are lured back with lanterns, candles and dance. This Japanese version of Asia’s hungry ghosts festivals is the nation’s most important religious holiday, based on the Buddhist belief that on the 15th day of the 7th month, the gateways to Heaven and Hell open, allowing spirits to visit the living world.


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