Obon Season

August 15th is widely recognized as the anniversary of the end of World War II in Japan. The day also coincides with what is known as Obon or simply just Bon, season, the Buddhist–Confucian period when the spirits of Japanese ancestors return home.

Importantly, the remains of some 1.3 million Japanese soldiers, seamen, and airmen are still missing from WWII. The government, especially after 1943, typically sent back small empty boxes with stones to bereaved families, which makes the repatriation of old war (often unwanted) trophies currently in the hands of the families of American Veterans important. 

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