JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Toro Nagashi & Fireworks とうろう流しと花火
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Held during the Bon season on Aug. 16, toro nagashi is candle-lit paper lanterns floated on the ocean as a Buddhist offering to the spirits of the deceased.Tsuruga holds its mass toro nagashi (6,000 lanterns) on its famous Kehi no Matsubara beach at 6:30 pm, and then shoots off a grand fireworks display. My video of Toro Nagashi and brilliant marine fireworks taken on Aug. 16, 2017.Jun 17, 2020
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Line to board the free shuttle bus from Tsuruga Station to Kehi no Matsubara Beach.The waiting time was minimal since buses kept coming often. They chartered buses from numerous bus companies.Sep 02, 2006
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15-min. walk from the bus stop to the beach. People everywhere.Sep 02, 2006
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Crowd on Kehi no Matsubara BeachSep 02, 2006
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Line for the free shuttle bus back to Tsuruga Station. They had many shuttle buses so we didn't have to wait long.It was a very efficient and quick operation. Although I did leave early.Sep 02, 2006
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The fireworks were brilliant and world-class, included a few waterborne "half-dome" fireworks.Sep 02, 2006
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Bright fireworks light up the audience on the beach.Sep 02, 2006
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Whoever thought of combining toro nagashi with fireworks was a genius.Sep 02, 2006
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Toro nagashi and fireworks at Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.Sep 02, 2006
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Great match with the lit lanterns and fireworks.Sep 02, 2006
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Also see the video at YouTube.Sep 02, 2006
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By 7:30 pm, it was completely dark.Sep 02, 2006
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Fireworks started at 7:30 pm.Sep 02, 2006
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Lanterns along the jetty.Sep 02, 2006
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As it got darker, the scene got prettier.Sep 02, 2006
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The lanterns say "For the Spirits of Past Generations."Sep 02, 2006
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I was sitting on a jetty where many lanterns got stuck. We could feel the hot air from the candles.Sep 02, 2006
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Also see the video at YouTube.Sep 02, 2006
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You could buy a lantern for 500 yen. Choice of three colors: Red, blue, and yellow.Sep 02, 2006
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At 6:30 pm, people started releasing their candlelit lanterns into the ocean. Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.Sep 02, 2006
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Toro nagashi at Kehi no Matsubara Beach in Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.Sep 02, 2006
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The crowd stretched to the very far side of the bay.Sep 02, 2006
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