August full moon in Broome

Candles and incense were lit and chochin lanterns decorated the Japanese Cemetery in Broome on the first full moon of August this year. On 2 August 2012, a historically significant Obon kuyo ceremony was held at the Japanese Cemetery in Broome. Conducting traditional hoyo was Reverend Shigenobu Watanabe from the Hongwanji Buddhist Mission of Australia with 250 community members of Broome. I had the honour of taking part in this ceremony. In Broome, Obon was celebrated every year before WWII on the full moon in August, as a time when the pearl luggers returned to Broome during spring tide and a suitable time to pay their respects to the deceased, […]