Just like the Chinese, the Japanese also have festivals where they use flying lanterns. The Japanese festival is called Toro Nagashi. Toro, in Japanese, means lantern, while nagashi means float. The lanterns are left to float on the river at the last evening of the Obon Festival, which is an old Buddhist tradition. The lanterns are supposed to lead the spirits of the diseased to the other world, to say a last goodbye to someone who had recently passed away or to commemorate others that have been long gone. Lanterns are placed in the graves or are left to float on the streams of a river. People light red lanterns for those who have passed away long ago, and white one for the ones who have died the recent year. This tradition has become an attraction for tourists as well and they all gather to witness the floating lanterns and to feel the quiet respectful peaceful atmosphere that is established on this day. Some Japanese use lanterns on other days too, when they want to pay their final respects to someone. The Asian culture has a lot of similarities in the different Asian countries and apparently the tradition of sending out lanterns is one of them. Recently many other countries have adopted this beautiful way of paying respects to the deceased loved ones.
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