Reading Japan - "Welcoming Light"
A small village tucked away in a valley has a legend about taking in people who were defeated in battle long ago. Now, the village has become a place that welcomes children with no home and nowhere to go. Children visit the village in the summer for three days and two nights to help out with an event called "welcoming of the insects" that involves placing over three hundred lamps on footpaths in-between the rice terraces. The custom originally warded off harmful insects with fire and smoke, but this village has turned it into a ritual to welcome insects with light. Children spend time in this village that abounds with compassion. Are you interested in paying a visit?