Tōrō nagashi (灯籠流しTōrō = lantern / nagashi = cruise, flow) is a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns 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 white lanterns are for those who have died in the past year. Traditional Japanese beliefs state that humans come from water, so the lanterns represent their bodies returning to water.
Held every year for three days starting on the first Friday of June, Toukasan is the most festive of Hiroshima’s downtown festivals. Toukasan is actually the summer festival for the god of Touka Daimyojin at Enryuji Temple, Hiroshima City. The history of Toukasan dates back to when Nagaakira Asano arrived to Hiroshima from Kishu (now Wakayama Prefecture and part of Mie Prefecture) in 1619. He built Enryuji Temple at the present site. Thus, Toukasan Festival has been popular among citizens for over 390 years. The object of worship Toukasan is the guardian of Hokke-kyo Buddhism. Touka is one of the two pronunciations for the Japanese word, which is more commonly read inari (the deity of grain). The festival is also known as the Yukata Festival. Signalling the start of summer, locals mark the occasion by giving traditional lightweight summer kimono, called yukata, their first outing of the year. During the three days of the festival, hundreds of street stalls with games and snack foods appear along Chuo Dori Avenue, including popular goldfish scoop-ing, balloon fishing, grilled cuttlefish and more. The local residents’ association holds a old-style bon odori dance festival in which everyone is welcome to join. It’s an event that evokes 1960s and 1970s Japan. There are always a good mix of old ladies, families and international travellers dancing their way around the platform. A local favorite is enka singer, Minami Issei, who makes several appearances during the festival to sing Hiroshima Tengoku (Hiroshima Paradise) and the Carp song.
this was totes fun to do bc i was really disturbed by everything in my old pic (the second one) the lights were too bright and the rigid edges are terrible. well maybe bc i use a mouse but thats still unacceptable.
hope this inspired you to keep drawing and to always try to outdo yourself! 😋😋
Me and my bestie went to the lantern festival for the first time today ~ Omigosh it was so fun ~ <3 Got a lot of people taking out pictures today, it felt like a con all over again ~ Many beautiful people in yukata ~ I can’t wait to go again next year ~ It was an amazing experience ~
Beautiful isn’t it? Its a Japanese Lantern festival, held on memorial day in Hawaii to honor and bless those who have passed before us. No matter what religion, or no religion This event is a place for gathering, where everyone shares one thing in common: Gratitude for those who have made an impact in our lives
For me, no one close to me has passed just yet, but I wrote a prayer for both my family and friends. That they may be guided in the right direction, that they may stay healthy, and simply saying thanks for being apart of my life. I also wrote a note for family members that had passed on before me, though I have never met them, I do hope that they may watch over my family.
It was a calming day, to see so many people gathered at this event. At the end of it, I saw a handful of people bawling. It really did struck a cord in my heart We all feel pain We all know what its like We are all only human We are no different from each other. And yet, people can still treat others so nasty at times.
Well, anyway. Point is, I’m grateful for being able to experience this for my first time. It was an eye opener.