Obon: Summer Vacation for Deceased People

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Obon is one of the longest national holiday week in Japan.Airplane tickets, hotels, parking, and all other things related to leisure increase in price.
Almost all highways are stuck all day.

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Summary
Shojin ryori
しょうじんりょうり・ショウジンリョウリ・精進料理
Vegetarian food for Buddhist monks
shojin ryori
Ordinary vegetarian dish for Buddhist monks that follows Buddhist precepts.

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Origin
Background
From August 13 to August 16, deceased people come back to home to see their family.Family members who live far from home visit their hometown and prepare for meeting deceased family members. 
On August 13, people make a small fire in front of their house for deceased family members not to get lost. 
During Obon, people eat Shojin ryori – an ordinary vegetarian food for Buddhist monks.
On August 16, end of Obon, people float paper lanterns down the river (or sea).

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Notice
During Obon, people often say “Don’t get close to the river (or sea).”
Because the deceased people who don’t like be alone or want to play will take you.
Explanation
Useful expression
何人家族ですか?
How many people are there in your family?
nan nin kazoku desu ka?
Useful expression 2
親戚に会いましたか?
Did you see your relatives?
shinseki ni ai mashita ka?
お盆には何をしますか?
What do you do during Obon?
obon ni ha nani wo shimasu ka?
Words 1
お盆(おぼん)
A transition term between seasons
obon
Words 2
会う
see
au
Words 3
地元
home town
jimoto
Words 4
何人
how many
nan nin
Words 5
故人
deceased people
kojin

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