Toro Nagashi/Floating Lanterns at Evenings at Yume Japanese Gardens on Nov. 10 & 11

Evenings at Yume – Floating Lanterns (Toro Nagashi)

  • Friday, November 10, 2023 and Saturday November 11,2023
  • 6:30 PM  8:30 PM
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“Toro Nagashi (灯籠流し) refers to Japanese festivals where candle-lit lanterns are released into the water together with prayers for peace or to honor those who have passed.

The term “toro” refers to lanterns, and “nagashi” means flowing or floating. This practice is often associated with various cultural and religious events, particularly during Obon, a Japanese Buddhist custom to commemorate deceased ancestors’ spirits. This poignant and spiritual practice fosters a sense of deep connection between the living and the dead. It’s a way for people to express their love and respect for those who have passed away while also finding solace in the belief that their spirits continue their journey.

Purchase a floating lantern at the door, and launch it on our sparkling koi pond to participate in this ancient and symbolic Japanese tradition without ever leaving Tucson.

Before launching the lanterns, participants may write messages, prayers, or the names of deceased loved ones on the lanterns.

Enjoy this floating procession of lanterns and relax to the sound of Japanese folk music playing softly in the background. “

Date and Time:

11/10 and 11/11

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


General: $19 – Child (15 and under): $5 – Member: $15

Lanterns: $5Purchase Tickets

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