In Oita's Kunisaki Peninsula, oni are considered to have good nature. As a celebration of this, local monks play out the role of these demons.
Saitama Prefecture's Kawagoe Festival is an epic celebration that honors the town's historical legacy as a merchant supplier to Japan's capital.
This haunting tradition of floating lanterns down the river was originally held as a summertime means of ushering spirits on to the next world.
Held every year in July, Yasukuni Shrine's Mitama Festival is an annual celebration of all of those souls who have given their lives for Japan.