This year, Shradh runs from 13 Sept to 28 Sept 2019. It is believed that during this time, ancestors visit earth in their subtle form to bless their descendants. The kin offer food, money and other gifts to the ancestors as a sign of respect.
We were born into the physical world of matter for a reason. I don’t believe the spiritual plane is superior to the physical plane or vice versa. Instead, I believe they are deeply intertwined and interconnected. One cannot exist without the other.
Despite the number of shrines and temples that are EVERYWHERE and I do mean EVERYWHERE – I wouldn’t describe the Japanese as a religious or spiritual people. Shinto and Buddhism are the two major religions here. Shinto is based on the old Japanese culture, whilst Buddhism came to Japan via China. Apart from a few rituals and customs, I don’t believe religion plays a big part in Japanese life.