Floating Lanterns in Peace Memorial Park

Once the sun starts to go down, people line up and write messages of peace on colorful origami paper and wait in long lines that wind around the park before they reach the steps that lead down to the Otagawa river.

At the water’s edge, they release these beautiful lanterns hoping for peace, happiness, love, and friendship.

Early in the evening the lanterns flow toward the sea and later on, they change course and flow upriver. It is a beautiful, peaceful end to a day paying respects to those who lost their lives while hoping for a better future.



Writing about Hiroshima for over twenty years. Co-founded GetHiroshima in 1999 and founded the sustainability-focused InboundAmbassador business in 2019. Monthly CleanUp and Seeking Sustainability event organizer, guide workshop facilitator, online content creator and tourism destination consultant. Passionate about promoting solutions in Japan for people and the planet.