Shadowed Autumn Leaves
Fuyu-Obon Flying Lantern Festival
From Shishinza’s Dossier
Since the youngest days of the Mantis Clan, the traditional Paper Lantern Festival was rarely observed as it was in the lands of the other clans. Though the samurai of the mainland may be content to guide their ancestors with paper boats down winding rivers, the Mantis knew the wintry open ocean was no place to guide their honored ancestors. So on the First Day of the Month of the Rat, usually called the Paper Lantern Festival, is the Fuyo-Obon, the end of the Bon. Like the samurai of the mainland, the Mantis do guide their ancestors on the first day of winter, though it is through elegant flying paper lanterns, which rise to the sky and float out over the ocean with the clouds. The beautiful flying lanterns, not too dissimilar to a young boy’s kite, take to the sky, buoyed by the air kami, and guide the Mantis ancestors as the paper boat lanterns of the other clans. Though the non-Mantis may feel initially feel odd about such flying paper lanterns, these feelings of discomfort pass as soon as one’s eyes watch the dim fires take to the air. One can almost feel the contentedness of one’s ancestors as they float away among the Heavens. The Phoenix of the nearby coastline have begun performing their Paper Lantern Festivals in the Mantis style, a fact which, if it affects the Mantis, they show no sign of.