Aug 15th
An example of a Toro Nagashi ceremony

Asakusa Toro Nagashi

River lanterns lighting up summer evenings

By Sleiman Azizi    - 1 min read
Venue: Azaumabashi Bridge, Sumida Park When: Saturday - Aug 15th 2020, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Summer sees the staging of the annual Toro Nagashi festival in Asakusa.

Originally held to pray for the souls of the deceased, the practice was rekindled in the mid-20th century. Now a strong community event, the festival sees participants releasing of hundreds of paper lanterns from Shinsui Terrace near Azaumabashi Bridge in Sumida Park.

The lit lanterns that glide gently along the currents of the Sumida River create a memorably beautiful occasion. With a much more congenial feeling than the high energy celebrations of the more common fireworks shows held during summer, the Toro Nagashi festival is a more personal experience, particularly if you send off your own lantern.

The Toro Nagashi festival is still held in the event of a light rain. While the event itself is free, to send off your own lantern for 1500 JPY. Please check the official website for more information.

Getting there

Take the Ginza Subway Line or Tobu Skytree Line to Asakusa Station. The festival is a 3-minute walk.

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