100,000 candles lit to honor sp

Some 20,000 people gather and light candles at a temple in Koyasan, Wakayama Prefecture, Aug. 13 to honor the spirits of ancestors. The ritual, called ''bon'' festival, is traditionally observed in mid-August in Japan. Some 100,000 candles were lit along a two-kilometer path leading to the grave of Kukai, or Kobo Daishi, a Buddhist priest of the early Heian period (794-1185). ==Kyodo

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