Summer’s Toro Nagashi

A Hauntingly Beautiful Japanese Tradition

Donny Kimball
4 min readAug 19, 2017

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The state of Tokyo following the fire bombings of World War II gave rise to the Toro Nagashi at the Sumida River

Today’s post is going to be a little bit weird. Rather than a singular event, we’re going to be taking a look at what’s collectively called Toro Nagashi (meaning “lantern cruises”). Typically these celebrations are held during the summer Obon period. Participants release candle-lit lanterns into rivers as a way to help guide spirits to the other world. The…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/