Floating Lanterns Festival “Toro Nagashi” will take place at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park

Mark your calendars and prepare yourselves for a unique experience

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The city is ready to welcome once again the yearly Toro Nagashi festival, organized by the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG). This event will take place on August 11 and August 12, 2023, and it is a unique occasion to celebrate the circle of life with your loved ones, following a tradition that has taken place every summer in Japan for generations.

The Toro Nagashi Festival is a ceremony full of meaning, made in honor of those who are no longer with us. Floating lanterns, also known as "toro nagashi", pay tribute to our loved ones who are no longer with us and wish them peace on their way. Attendants will have the opportunity of releasing their own lanterns illuminated with LED candles in the stream at the lower garden, creating a show full of lights and emotions.

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Starting at 10 AM on Friday, August 11, 100 lanterns will be available for purchase and decoration at the Inamori Pavilion. It should be noted that they will be given according to one’s arrival, so it is recommended that those interested arrive early to ensure their participation in this heartwarming activity.

Without a doubt, the Toro Nagashi Festival is an experience that goes beyond the ceremony itself. JFG has prepared a series of activities for attendants, including artistic performances, delicious gastronomy, and a celebratory environment in a very beautiful place.

"We are very excited to welcome everyone to this very special event. The Toro Nagashi Festival represents a unique occasion for us to come together as a community and celebrate the lives of our loved ones,” the president of JFG stated.

Admission to this festival is free and JFG formally invites everyone to participate in this important celebration. Mark down your calendars and prepare yourselves for a unique experience at the 2023 Toro Nagashi Festival.

Information about the event:

Date: August 11 and August 12, 2023
Location: Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego (Balboa Park)
Time: 10:00 AM
Address: 2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, CA 92101
Admission: Free

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