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“Kisei” means visiting the hometown during the New Year holidays, the Golden Week or the Bon Festival. When you plan to stay there for good, it is called “Kikyou”. When a married woman visits her parents’ house, it is caaled “Sato gaeri”.
During the Bon Festival, families and relatives get together, visit their family graves, and welcome or see off their ancestors’ spirits with bon fires. The fire on the 13th of August, the beginning of the Bon Festival, shows the spirits the way home and the one on the 16th of August, the last day of the Bon Festival, shows the spirit the way back. People sometimes to float lanterns on the river to see off the spirits.
During the Bon Festival, cucumbers and eggplants are dedicated to the spirits. The cucumbers are displayed with four chopstick legs to be resembled horses, wishing to carry the spirits home quickly. On the other hand, the eggplants with chopstick legs are cows. They are supposed to take the spirits back as slowly as possible.
Summer Holidays of Asuka Gakuin… Saturday, July 21st through Sunday, August 19th
July Students’ holidays start on the 1st of August.
The office is closed from Saturday, August 11th through Wednesday, August 15th.
Asuka Gakuin is looking forward to seeing you all on August 20th.