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Rosoku Matsuri (Candle Festival) at Okunoin Cemetery during Oban. Mt. Koya, Japan

The Ghost Ship Fire papers bearing the names of the 36 victims were blessed during the Japanese holiday of Oban, which is a Japanese tradition to honor the dead. At Mt. Koya, where the papers were blessed, a unique candle light vigil is held in the ancient cemetery Okunoin. These photos document Rosoku Matsuri, and also show the cemetery in the early morning following the candle light festival.

Photos by David Normal

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