My acquaintances here on dA may have noticed that I haven't been so active as usual online of late, this is due to time taken up by having too much free time while conversely not enough of it. It's the Obon period in Japan, and throughout August my routines are thrown into a very different kind of order as we visit shrines and temples, while also the children are on semi-vacation from their schooling (they keep going back to school in uniform to participate in club activities and still have a lot of studying to do). We've visited the cemeteries to pay respects to ancestors long dead, clean the stones which we wash with water, bringing flowers and incense to place there again. I also have to fill-in for other people at various jobs, as they themselves take a little time off. Although I'm not a regular employee at any company, I'm in the fortunate/unfortunate state of knowing lots of bosses of companies that I've worked with in the past who trust me and know they can call on me when they're short-handed sometimes.
Don't worry, I'm not disappearing if you don't see much from me as often this month. It's just "Obon".