Essay “Tooro Nagashi: reverence for ancestors in Japanese culture”
Dots of light faintly illuminate the waters of the rivers. As you look more closely, you notice that they are slowly moving away, following with the water. It is the river that determines how fast those lights will disappear at once.
The delicate paper lanterns that illuminate the waters of the river are a homage to the ancestors, with whom the Japanese have a very strong relationship of debt and gratitude, which remains even after their death.
They bear the names of the honorees written and other cheerful drawings and figures. They are the symbol of the acceptance of their departure and the desire that they find an enlightened path.
Silently, the people who took the lanterns to the water observe their departure. With serenity, they accept the leaving of the light.