Floating Lanterns in Peace Memorial Park

As the sun starts to set on the August 6 Peace Memorial Day, people make their way back to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park for the annual tourou nagashi lantern floating.

Here, they line up and write messages of peace on colorful paper lanterns and wait in long lines that wind around the park before they reach the steps that lead down to the Motoyasu 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.