August 09, 2009

Anniversary of the Bombing of Nagasaki

Today is the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Baba is from Nagasaki, but was not there that day. She was in Tokyo and her family had escaped to the mountains.

This is the season of o-bon. It is a time when the spirits of the dead return to visit their relatives. It is common for the living to visit relatives and their hometowns, too. Big Sister, Little Brother, and I are usually visiting family in the United States in August. This year we are here.

I bought flowers for the family altar. These are white and yellow chrysanthemums with a red carnation. This is the usual combination sold for the family altar. Every flower shop has at least one bucket full of pre-packaged bouquets like this one.

Kids Web Japan-- anniversaries of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Kids Web Japan-- o-bon

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