Toro Nagashi Festival at Hirosawa Pond

At night on August 16th, I went to Hirosawa Pond to see the Toro Nagashi Festival. This Japanese traditional festival takes place every year for sending off ancestors’ spirit. Many colorful lanterns were floating over the water. It was considerably beautiful!!

Similar festival is held near Togetsukyo Bridge over Katsura River. However, I was told the festival at the pond is more fantastic than the one at the river. At the river, lanterns seem be collected soon, but at the pond, lanterns are added one after another. Therefore, I went to the one at the pond. However I still want to try the one at the river next time.