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Obon (also known as Bon Festival) is a Japanese Buddhist festival that has some similarities to Halloween. It is said that spirits of the departed return to Earth from the land of the dead during Obon and visit their old homes. The holiday probably has its origins in the Chinese Ghost Festival, although the manner in which the Japanese celebrate Obon is now quite different to the way in which the Chinese mark Ghost Festival.

The holiday has been celebrated in Japan for at least five hundred years. It is a summer festival which lasts for three days. The date on which it starts differs in different regions of Japan. Different municipalities adopted different dates for its start when the Western calendar was introduced to Japan in the 19th century. In most parts of Japan, Obon begins on August 15, in other areas, including Tokyo and Yokohama, it begins on July 15.

The last day of Obon is marked by a ceremony in which illuminated paper lanterns are placed on a river and left to drift downstream. The lanterns symbolically tell the spirits of the dead that it is time to leave the land of the living and return to the afterlife

Unlike Halloween, Obon is not usually considered a scary time of year. However, new horror movies are always released in Japan before Obon.

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War of the Worlds 1938 Radio broadcast full

The full radio play The War of the Worlds, originally broadcast on October 30, 1938

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