Toro Nagashi  (灯籠流し)  is a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns (chōchin) down a river; tōrō is traditionally another word for lantern, while nagashi means “cruise, flow”

Toro Nagashi (灯籠流し) is a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns (chōchin) down a river; tōrō is traditionally another word for lantern, while nagashi means “cruise, flow”. THIS IS WHY THE JAPANESE CULTURE IS THE BEST.

pastel Chinese lantern amongst spring blossoms.  The dusk cast a soft lavender light over everything

~ Pastel Japanese lantern among spring Sakura blossoms. ~ The dusk cast a soft lavender light over everything ~

. Gion, Kyoto, Japan. July 24, 2012. Photography by Gisle Daus on Flickr

Maiko’s Performance, Gion Festival, Kyoto, Japan. Taken on July Photography by Gisle Daus

Japanese Carp Streamers, Koinobori 鯉のぼり...Have one for each of my boys to fly on Boy's Day.

Japanese Carp Streamers, Koinobori 鯉のぼり flown to celebrate children's day. Way back in the day how many carp were flying outside a house celebrated how many male children were in the family.

Geisha - Fiona Graham, caucasian Geisha as of 2007.  Beautiful, smart and brave enough to immerse herself in a completely different culture.  Inspiration much?

Photo/Direction: Zhang Jingna Model/Actress: Chiaki Oshima Assistant: cwfineart Makeup: Chiyo Hair: Miho Tokyo, Sakuran II: Image collected in my ph.

Ume Matsuri [Kairakuen] / Ibaraki.japan / The Kairakuen was a landscape gardening project started by Nariaki Tokugawa. The park opened in July 1842. / "Ume Matsuri" has been held in February and March every year since 1900. / "UME" is a plum.  "Matsuri" is a festival.

Candle light beautifully colored Kairaku-en Japanese garden in Mito, Ibaraki, Japan

Edo Oiran Yoshiwara Dochu Parade in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

"Edo Yoshiwara Oiran-dochu Procession in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Neconote." Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri is one of the three great festivals of Asakusa.

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