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Toro nagashi in Hachioji, Japan - Tōrō nagashi (灯籠流し) is a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns (chōchin) down a river; tōrō is traditionally another word for lantern, while nagashi means “cruise, flow”. This is primarily done on the last evening of the Bon Festival festival based on the belief that this guides the spirits of the departed back to the other world


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This traditional festival is held in Kyoto every year on August 16th, during the Obon period. A bonfire is lit on each of the 5 mountains surrounding Kyoto, two in the shapes of the character for "big" (大), and one each in the shapes of a boat, a shrine gate, and the characters for "wondrous teaching of Buddha" (妙法). (The photo shows the bonfire in the shape of a shrine gate) These Obon bonfires are said to redeliver the souls of deceased ancestors to the afterlife.

奈良の大の字 送り火 Nara - The character "dai" (大) is lit on the final night of o-Bon to send off the spirits

Clear House Private Residence / 2009 Drawing by stad This request is not ordinary one. Cause the client is an old man passed away few days ago. He wanted a house to live with his family who were already dead. Me, of course never know what the world after death is. Thinking of his request, deciding to design a house not be able to live in. Human soul may be formless and free, only tiny space is necessary for daily life. And returning into a house through the void like a light or wind. It's…