In the heat of midsummer, throughout Japan, a mysterious, otherworldly group descends upon these isles in hordes. Nope, it isn’t tourists flocking to climb Mt. Fuji – it’s the spirits of the dead. Obon may be Japan’s festival of the dead, but it’s far from being all doom and gloom. Here are the top 5 things you need to know to get your head around Obon…

Do you throw salt over your shoulder to ward off bad luck? Eat chicken soup to cure a cold? Or perhaps you even crush up eggshells to make sure witches can’t use them as boats to sail the seas! Wethat delicious food is serious business and as such no matter where in the world you hail from there’s bound to be a wealth of local foodie folklore and superstitions. Japan too has its fair share! So join us as we uncover the truth about how your cuppa could bring you good luck or what to avoid if you don’t want to turn into a cow!