JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Toro Nagashi & Fireworks とうろう流しと花火
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Line to board the free shuttle bus from Tsuruga Station to Kehi no Matsubara Beach.350 viewsThe waiting time was minimal since buses kept coming often. They chartered buses from numerous bus companies.
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At 6:30 pm, people started releasing their candlelit lanterns into the ocean. Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.280 views
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Toro nagashi at Kehi no Matsubara Beach in Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.271 views
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As it got darker, the scene got prettier.257 views
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Toro nagashi and fireworks at Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.246 views
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Bright fireworks light up the audience on the beach.199 views
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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.190 viewsIt was a very efficient and quick operation. Although I did leave early.
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The fireworks were brilliant and world-class, included a few waterborne "half-dome" fireworks.165 views
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By 7:30 pm, it was completely dark.160 views
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The lanterns say "For the Spirits of Past Generations."152 views
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Great match with the lit lanterns and fireworks.146 views
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Crowd on Kehi no Matsubara Beach145 views
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Whoever thought of combining toro nagashi with fireworks was a genius.142 views
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Lanterns along the jetty.141 views
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The crowd stretched to the very far side of the bay.140 views
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You could buy a lantern for 500 yen. Choice of three colors: Red, blue, and yellow.139 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.136 views
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Fireworks started at 7:30 pm.135 views
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I was sitting on a jetty where many lanterns got stuck. We could feel the hot air from the candles.123 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.122 views
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15-min. walk from the bus stop to the beach. People everywhere.119 views
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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.16 viewsTsuruga 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.
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