Friday, July 15, 2011

Obon Festival of Souls 2011 Live Stream Online, Sapporo, Japan

Obon is a Buddhist event and is the period of praying for the repose of the souls of one's ancestors. People believe that their ancestors' spirits come back to their homes to be reunited with their family during obon.

Dates of the festival vary across Japan, but on the 15th July this festival is celebrated in Sapporo, site of this live webcam view:

Location information:

Sapporo is the fifth-largest city in Japan by population. It is the capital of Hokkaid? Prefecture, located in Ishikari Subprefecture, and an ordinance-designated city of Japan. Sapporo is best known outside Japan for hosting the 1972 Winter Olympics, the first ever held in Asia, and for the annual Yuki Matsuri in the city, internationally referred to as the Sapporo Snow Festival, which draws more than 2 million tourists from around the world. The city is also home to Sapporo Brewery and the famous white chocolate biscuits "White Lovers" exclusively sold in Hokkaido.

Sapporo is a city located in the southwest part of Ishikari Plain and the alluvial fan of the Toyohira River, a tributary stream of the Ishikari River. Roadways in the urban district are laid to make grid plan road. The western and southern part of Sapporo are occupied by a number of mountains including Mount Teine and Maruyama.