12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
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Every year around August 10 through August 16, Obon is celebrated in Japan. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom of honoring the spirits of ones ancestors. Many Japanese citizens of all ages celebrate Obon by dressing in traditional Japanese clothing as a means of showing respect. Here a young Japanese couple sits outside of a coffee shop in the Gion District in Kyoto, Japan.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Kyoto, Japan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Copyright: © Matthew Rose