lantern festivals

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And at last I see the light,
And it’s like the fog has lifted.
And at last I see the light,
And it’s like the sky is new.
And it’s warm and real and bright,
And the world has somehow shifted.
All at once everything is different,
Now that I see you.

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↳ at last I see the light from tangled.

All those days watching from the windows, all those years outside looking in. All that time never even knowing just how blind I’ve been. Now I’m here blinking in the starlight. Now I’m here, suddenly I see. Standing here it’s all so clear. I’m where I’m meant to be. [x]

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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.

“Lantern Festival Night Stroll,” NejiTen art by Darkness. Artist allows reposts under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND-2.5.

My translation of artist’s caption: What it portrays is two people who make a date to meet to watch the lanterns, and as they walk home, there is a marvellous moment when a certain emotion unconsciously fills the air between them.