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In the spirit of the Japanese ceremony Tōrō Nagashi, please join Shinzen Friendship Garden for our 37th annual floating lantern celebration on Saturday, August 20, 2022.

Traditionally, this Japanese ceremony honors the memory of loved ones. During the festival of Obon, it is believed that ancestors come back to spend time with the living. On the final evening of the festival, paper lanterns are set afloat to accompany the spirits as they depart for another year.

Schedule of events:

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Lantern decorating lakeside
6:30 – 6:45 pm Fresno Gumyo Takio Drum performance
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Lantern Ceremony & launch

Limited quantities of lanterns are available, please note – we cannot allow guest to bring and float their own lanterns. Lanterns sell out each year, so be sure to purchase your early!

During the lantern ceremony, the naming of the honorees will be done in the order in which the lantern orders are received. The earlier your order is submitted, the earlier the calling of your lantern. 

Lanterns must be pre-purchased. No lanterns will be sold on site.