Randy Channell Soei

Randy Channell Soei

Posts by Randy Channell Soei :

Japan's Festival of the Dead: Obon

Obon is a Buddhist event celebrated in Japan but it has its roots in India. They say that at this time of year the spirits of the deceased come back to the ‘real world’ to receive thanks from the living. Could explain the increase of ghost stories in the summer!!! The tradition was brought to Japan via China in the 7th century but it wasn’t widely celebrated by the general populace until the Edo P...

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Green Tea, Sweets, Crowds and Martial Arts - 'Golden Week'...

Golden Week, or GW as it is commonly referred to in print here, is not actually a week! It refers to the series of holidays from the end of April to the beginning of May. The actual holidays are April 29th, May 3rd, 4th, 5th. April 29th is Showa Day to honor the Showa Emperor. May 3rd is Constitution Day celebrating Japan’s modern constitution.

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