My city’s Obon Festival was last weekend, which is a custom to honor the spirit of one’s ancestors. My co-workers helped us get ready, putting together the yukata and tying the obi. Many Japanese women these days don’t know how to tie an Obi the correct way and end up buying a pre-tied bow. Unfortunately, it seems like this is a custom that may eventually fade away unless people start taking more interest in learning how to do these practices. It’s so beautiful the way the bow is tied. During the Obon Festival, there are a ton of street food, games, and performances for everyone to enjoy. Near the end, everyone got together in the center of the area to dance Obondori together. These dances are in memory of people’s ancestors. Even though I didn’t know the dances, I still joined in and followed along. My co-workers were really happy to see that we were participating in these dances. I had a lot of fun dancing and wearing the yukata.