Asakusa Toro Nagashi Lantern Festival

We went into Tokyo for the Toro Nagashi in Asakusa. It’s a lantern festival were people send floating lanterns into the river at night. The festival is very crowded with several thousand people sending lanterns into the river and 10x that there to watch. But in traditional Japanese style, everything was very orderly and relaxed. Everyone lined up, waited their turn, and was very friendly (and a huge thanks to our friend Alarice who got there before us and patiently held a spot in line for us).

the asahi flame and tokyo skyline from Asakusa

the asahi flame and tokyo skyline from Asakusa

Lanterns heading down the river

Lanterns heading down the river

Lanterns are launched into the river from special launches. We waited in line for about 45 minutes for our turn.

Lanterns are launched into the river from special launches. We waited in line for about 45 minutes for our turn.

People write wishes on their lantern. We decorated ours with dinosaur stickers.

People write wishes on their lantern. We decorated ours with dinosaur stickers.

The lanterns were sold as a fundraiser for ¥1500 each (about $12).

The lanterns were sold as a fundraiser for ¥1500 each (about $12).

Family photo! The Tokyo Skytree is behind us.

Family photo! The Tokyo Skytree is behind us.

On the way to the festival. People got dressed up.

On the way to the festival. People got dressed up.

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Getting okinomiyaki after the festival with some very tired but happy kids.

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