Introducing Falun Gong at the Obon Festival in Japan
(Minghui.org) The Obon Festival, a time for families to get together to honor their ancestors and clean their graves, is the second most important traditional festival in Japan. It is generally celebrated in mid-August in most parts of Japan.
From August 11 to 13, Falun Gong practitioners from Japan, as well as 50 fellow practitioners from Taiwan, held four marches in the Kansai area to introduce this self-improvement practice from China to the Japanese and call for help to stop the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
Practitioners also collected signatures on a petition to condemn the state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience (the majority of whom are Falun Gong practitioners) in China.
Many people were shocked by the news of the persecution.
After the marches, practitioners demonstrated the exercises in several local parks. The gentle movements and the peaceful music attracted many people, including Chinese tourists. Many of them took photos or videos of the beautiful scene.