Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Tōrō Nagashi - Otawara, Tochigi

Map Location

We went to the Otawara Summer Fireworks display. This was held during the Obon Festival summer holidays (August 16 in 2007). While we were waiting for the fireworks to start something much more interesting happened.

At the end of the Obon festival there is a tradition to light lanterns and set them afloat on the river. Its done all over Japan and even overseas. In the Otawara ceremony they floated hundreds of lanterns on the river just as it was getting dark. It was beautiful.

Our neighbour called it Syou Rou Nagasi, but the only reference I could find to it on the internet called it Tooroo Nagashi. As near as I can tell its about releasing the spirits of the dead.

I want to make this site practical and I realize this post doesn't help anybody to attend such an event. For this and the fireworks post, I can only suggest as Obon approaches ask a Japanese friend to find out when and where this event is on.


owenandbenjamin said...

That looks interesting. Someday I would like to attend this festival when I am in Otawara. Where in Otawara is that?

davidfromoz said...

I'll try to make a map location for this one on the weekend.

We do get something in our mailbox every now and then about whats going on in the area. But we can't read 60% of it. So its hard to find out about this kind of thing. I'm sure there were a lot of Obon activities we missed.

Typhoon here today! Tree in front of my place snapped in two.

davidfromoz said...

I finally found the location and added a link to the article.