Hello, everyone! Noriko here.
Today, I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be taking a bit of a break from blogging for about 5 days starting from August 13th. I’m going back to my hometown and staying with my family.
We are having what we call ‘Obon Season’ where we welcome and celebrate the home-coming of our ancestors’ spirits at this time every year.
We light lanterns or make bonfires to illuminate the gateway to our house to welcome in our ancestors’ spirits, celebrate our reunion by making Obon decorations using veggies like cows made out of eggplants and cucumbers (for more information, check out this article), then after a few days, we send them off by making another bonfire or lighting lanterns.
During that time, our family (back in my hometown) are super busy; as my big brother is the resident priest of our temple, which means my family’s temple is literally adjacent to our residence (they are connected with an aisle), we need to welcome our followers coming to make offerings to their ancestors. It’s hard to explain… I might take some photos and share with you guys what it looks like lol
Anyways, for that reason, I’ll be off blogging from the 13th to the 16th 😦
I will try my best to make posts and schedule them before I leave, but pardon me if I fail to do so.
I may not be able to check in with you guys as much as I usually do, either. Now, this is what frustrates me THE MOST, but as this is the time of year where we should celebrate and appreciate the reunion of our family and our ancestors’ spirits, I’m afraid that’ll have to do.
I promise you that I’ll try to stay on Twitter as much as I can, so don’t forget me while I’m away!
I’m leaving for my hometown in the afternoon on the 13th and coming back in the evening on the 16th Japan time.
I know I’ll miss you guys while I’m away – I kind of miss you all already!!
But I’ll be here until the day after tomorrow and will make the best of the time I have until then!
That’s it! Here’s a little announcement of my mini-break from blogging.
Thank you so much for reading/commenting as always, I’ll talk to you all in my next post!