Both members and non-members must have a pre-purchased Eventbrite ticket to attend. Children under age 3 do not need a ticket to attend. Tickets at the member pricing are now sold out, but there are still tickets available at the non-member pricing. Please visit Eventbrite to purchase a ticket for this event. Toro Nagashi is also offered on Thursday night.
In the spirit of the Japanese ceremony, Tōrō Nagashi, please join us for our second annual candlelit floating lantern commemorative event. Traditionally, this late-summer 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. Tōrō (灯籠), pronounced toh-roh, means “lantern,” while nagashi (流し), pronounced nah-gah-shee, means “cruise” or “flow.”
On this evening from 6 – 9 p.m., enjoy contemplative live music, meander the paths of the Central Garden and Cherry Tree Walk to discover self-reflective prompts, and enjoy food and beverages for purchase. As dusk falls, observe the tranquil scene of floating glowing lanterns in Lake Sydnor and the pools of the Central Garden. This family-friendly event includes the opportunity to join in making a community paper chain of wishes and commemorations.
Toro Nagashi activities are made possible by Bliley’s.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
6 – 9 p.m. Guests can meander paths of the Central Garden and Cherry Tree Walk to discover self-reflective prompts. Acoustic music in select locations will delight and surprise. Food and beverages will be available for purchase (see menu below).
6 – 8 p.m. Opportunity for guests to join in making a community paper chain. Write your own special wish, or commemorate a loved one, on a strip of paper, and link it to another person’s. Watch how the chain comes together, each link connecting to and supporting the other.
As dusk falls, Garden staff will float glowing lanterns in Lake Sydnor and the pools of the Central Garden.
Pacific Rim Caesar with Grilled Salmon
Pad Thai – vegetarian
Chicken Banh Mi
Spiraled Vegetable Asian Salad with Sesame Dressing – gluten free, vegan
Fresh Fruit Salad with Lime and Honey dressing – vegan / gluten free
Cheese & Fruit Platter – vegetarian/gluten free (except for the crackers)
Soft Drinks and Bottled Water
Wine & Beer
September 18 Music and Performances
Strolling violinist – Treesa Gold will be performing from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning at the gazebo and throughout the Garden.
Sound Bowl Concert –Natasha Foreman of Lucid Living performing from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in front of the Conservatory.
River City Taiko (traditional Japanese drumming) performing at 6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. in the Rose Garden. A second performance will occur around Lake Sydnor near the Children’s Garden when lanterns launch at dusk.
Tōrō Nagashi is made possible by Bliley’s.