Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tōrō Nagashi (灯篭流し)

We have uncertain weather these days. I think it rained all days last week like rainy season.

On Saturday (8/20), we had Tōrō Nagashi (灯篭流し) event near home. It was postponed to that day since it rained hard on Friday.

Tōrō nagashi (灯籠流し) means to flow lantern. It is a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns (chōchin) down a river. This is primarily done on the last evening of the Bon Festival: festival based on the belief that this guides the spirits of the departed back to the other world.

The boat in the river carried all the lanterns. Sorry for the bad quality...

My darling and I don't have a tradition of doing this, so we watched the lanterns floating along the river. They were beautiful but the flow of the river was so slow that they were still.

Do you have any traditional event in summer in your country?!

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  1. Ochi,

    Nice lanterns!! We will be celebrating MoonCake Festival soon..and children and kids love taking lantern with them during this festival also.

    Enjoy your day!

  2. hi jose,

    yes! i remember the lantern photos from your post!!! already mooncake festival?! time flies!!!

  3. Hi Ochi!!! My summer has been super busy and boring! All I do is work and only get ONE day off! I work 6 out of 7 days of the week T_T I also took summer course this summer too! But it was one of those condense courses so it ended early =)

    OH! I never knew you could be allergic to lipstick lol Actually my lips are always in poor condition too, if they get really dry and crack I put some vaseline on when I sleep and I get soft lips in the morning =)

    This event looks sooo fun! I love festivals that have a very deep cultural root to them. However, since I live in a very multicultural city there are't very many of them going on, though many would think it's the opposite! But chinese new year is very popular over here due to the strong chinese community lol I know there are japanese festivals during the summer too! I want to go to one next year~! How are you doing lately sweetie?! I barely have time to blog now, I miss blogging and all the people!

  4. hi suki!

    i just went to your blog and replied. hehe nice to see you up <3 i know you are busy but i am always looking forward to reading your posts :D


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