We ventured out one Saturday in August to watch the dancers for the Japanese Holiday Obon. There were thousands of spectators. ObonÂ is a Japanese BuddhistÂ custom to honor the deceased spiritsÂ of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist custom has evolved into a family reunionÂ holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors’ graves, and it’s also when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.