An evening event in which candle-lit lanterns are floated down the Sumida River. Toro nagashi is a tradition in which lanterns lit with candles are set afloat on rivers to guide the spirits of the ancestors back to the other side during the O-bon holiday.
2,500 lanterns with hand written messages are glided down a slope into the waters on the east side of the Sumida River (the Asakusa Station side – not the Skytree side) between Azuma-bashi bridge and Kototoi-bashi bridge.
Please note: as this event is weather dependent, the dates can change so please check for changes or cancellations on the official twitter account here.
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