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The Obon festival is a week-long festival held in the middle of August annually.

It is believed that the spirit of the ancestors return to the earth during that period. The Obon week is one of three important holiday periods in Japan.

Increased travel and accommodation rates are recorded during this period as many people troop in to celebrate the festival.

The Obon customs vary from region to region, and there may be slight variations in the dates the festival is celebrated.

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Fire festival

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Hidenobu Suzuki, Japanese photographer and beautician took awesome photos of some participants shown brandishing a flame as they celebrated.

The Obon festival  celebration feels like a national holiday, with large numbers of people travelling in and around the country to observe the religious rites.

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Fire festival

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This festival that took place on August 15, 2016 in Aichi Prefecture Shinshiro was to mourn the deceased Shingen Takeda and over 10,000 deceased in the battle of Nagashino in the Warring States era.

This festival, which has continued for over 400 years, is a memorial service of the war.

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