The Japan Society

Obon Festival (August)

Subject: Other Topics
Level: Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2 / Key Stage 3
Age: 5-7 years / 7-11 years / 11-15 years
Resource Type: Activities / Presentations / Lesson Plans / Worksheets / Videos / Other


Obon is one of the most important annual festivals in Japan and takes place in the summer. It is based on the Buddhist belief that the spirits of ancestors return to their family home at this time of year.

In this lesson, students will learn about the customs and activities associated with Obon and summer festivals in Japan.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn about the traditions and customs associated with Obon, one of the most important annual festivals in Japan.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to explain the main events/activities of Obon in sequential order.
  • Students will make a paper lantern representing the Chochin lamps used at the festival.


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