“Toro-Nagashi” (Floating Lantern) is held to mourn the ancestors and deceased souls. The fantastic and beautiful scenery is a space where you can feel the distinctive atmosphere of Japan. The warm light that the lantern glows will surely heal your heart.
“Toro-Nagashi” (Floating Lantern) is a Japanese event that mourns the soul of a deceased person and flows a lantern with a fire in a river or the sea. It is a kind of fire of the event of “Obon Matsuri Festival” (a Festival of the Dead or Buddhist All Soul’s Day). It is often done jointly with summer festivals and fireworks festivals.
However, the time of “Obon” differs from region to region and it may be done as a special memorial event, so it does not happen all over the country at the same time. There are many areas that do not do “Toro-Nagashi”.
Depending on the region, there is also a place called “Shoro-Nagashi” about this event. It is said that they send family ancestors and also serve water dead and “muen botoke” (people without relatives).
“Arashiyama Floating Lantern” is an event of “Shoryo-Okuri” (send-off-spirits ceremony) which is held at Arashiyama Park of the south end of Togetsu-kyo Bridge from sunset to 21 o’clock on August 16th every year. From around sunset, after the legal requirements are done at Arashiyama Park, spirit of ancestors will send with lanterns. Also this event is famous for the evening of “Gozan Okuribi” (Mountain Bonfire), and the “torii” style bonfire can also be viewed.
“Torii” style bonfire projected on the mountain and many lanterns floating on the water. The scenery which can be called the summer scenes is a masterpiece.
At the Bon Festival period, various events are held in Japan every year praying in various places. Arashiyama Floating Lantern is one of them as a sightseeing event representing Kyoto. It seems that this event began with the lanterns in 1949 to make the spirits of the war dead back. Send the lantern from the jetty and send the spirit to the Land of Happiness.
General tourists can also participate in Floating Lantern. Application for Floating Lantern can be made at the reception desk at the venue as well. One lantern is 1,000 yen, Mizutoba is one additional 200 yen. Mizutoba is like a gift, standing in front of a grave.
In Japan, during the Bon festival, there is a custom to welcome the ancestral spirit, and to send it to the Land of Happiness after the festival is over. In other words, “Floating Lantern” is a ritual for spirit to ride this lantern and send it to Pure Land. Once a year, thinking quietly, thanking your ancestors, how about putting memorial service on “Floating Lantern”?
On the day from near the venue, you can see the “Daimonji” (the Chinese character, meaning is “big”) in the distance and near “Torii type” of “Gozan Okuribi” (Mountain Bonfire). Together with the fantastic sight of the lantern basketball, you can catch a world of delicate beauty.
The landscape that countless lights of lantern that are swaying on the river surface, and bornfire can be seen in the distance are beautiful views unique to Japan. And it is scenery of Bon Festival unique to Kyoto, where there are few lights around, and lots of lantern slowly flowing through the river. Therefore, many tourists visit this event every year. Why do not you join the Arashiyama Floating Lantern and feel the summer of Kyoto with solemnity?
|Name:||Arashiyama Floating Lantern|
|Address:||Saganakanoshimacho Kyoto Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8383 Japan|
|Access:||Keifuku Dentetsu Arashiyama-honsen Line “Arashiyama-eki Station” (3 minutes walk)|
|Price/Charge:||A lantern can be purchased for one thousand yen.
Please refer the official web page.