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Tōrō Nagashi
Commemorative Festival

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.  Toro nagashi floating lantern festival showing the lake at night with votive candles. Image by Tom Hennessy

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.

Toro nagashi floating lantern festival. Image by Harlow Chandler

As dusk falls, Garden staff will float glowing lanterns in Lake Sydnor and the pools of the Central Garden.

MENU: 

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)

Kids’ meals – turkey & cheese rolls ups, goldfish, applesauce & juice boxToro nagashi floating lantern festival showing the lake at night with votives. Image by Harlow Chandler

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.

 

 

 

 

Date:
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Details

FAQs

Will tickets be available for purchase the night of the event?

Due to overwhelming interest and a limited number of tickets, this event is likely to sell out prior to the day of the event. You must have a pre-purchased Eventbrite ticket for entry to this special event. Children under age 3 do not need a ticket.

How many lanterns will you float in the lake?

There will be hundreds of lanterns floating in Lake Sydnor. Staff will also be floating lanterns in the pools of the Central Garden and Conservatory.

Does my ticket include a lantern?

No. Garden staff and volunteers will be responsible for lighting the lanterns — as shared symbols of wishes for lost loved ones. Staff and volunteers will also release and float the lanterns into the waterways. Lanterns are not available for individual purchase.

How can I participate?

From 6-8 p.m. outside the Conservatory, 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.

Are there special activities for children?

All activities during this family-friendly evening are multigenerational in nature. Children are encouraged to participate along with adults of all ages.

Will there be live music?

Yes. From 6-8:30 p.m., acoustic music will be performed at various spots scattered throughout the Central Garden and Cherry Tree Walk.

What time will the lanterns be lit?

At dusk, staff and volunteers will begin lighting and floating the lanterns until sunset.

Where should I stand for the best view?

We encourage visitors to wander the paths around Lake Sydnor and the Central Garden, experiencing the view from various vantage points as the evening light begins to change.

Will all of the Garden paths be accessible?

For your safety and security, areas of the Garden with insufficient path lighting will be closed for this special evening event. Guests will not be permitted in the Asian Valley, West Island Garden or Flagler Garden. Access to the Tree House and the floating docks will be closed.

Will WaterPlay be open in the Children’s Garden?

No, WaterPlay will not be open for this special event.

Will the Garden Café be open?

No, but food and beverages, including wine and beer, will be available for purchase outside in the Rose Garden until 8:30 p.m.

Will the Garden Shop be open?

Yes, you can enjoy shopping in the Garden Shop during the event.

Is there a rain date?

If inclement weather threatens the safety of our guests or if consistent rain prevents the lighting of the lanterns, the rain date will be Thursday, September 26.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Please consider carpooling to this event. Parking is free but limited.

What’s the refund policy?

This is a rain or shine event. There are no refunds.

What is Tōrō Nagashi?

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.”

BEST VALUE: MEMBERSHIP

Garden Members get discounted admission to Tōrō Nagashi.  If you plan to visit more than once a year, Becoming a Garden Member may be your best value.

IMPORTANT TICKET INFORMATION

The Garden is open rain or shine and closed only for severe inclement weather (no refunds). Any weather-related closings are posted on the website and Facebook.

  1. Print your Eventbrite ticket or have the ticket on your smartphone.
  2. Come to the Visitors Center and show ticket at the admissions desk for check-in.*
  3. After check-in, you’re good to go! Admissions will hand you a sticker and you can proceed to the gardens.

*PLEASE NOTE: If you’re visiting during high-volume times, there may be a line at the admissions desk.

PHOTO RELEASE POLICY

Photography of visitors, events, and activities at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for Toro Nagashi Lantern Evening are taken for promotional and editorial use to advance the mission of the Garden. Your attendance at this event implies your consent to display and/or publish any photographs in which your image appears.
Guests who do not consent to this policy may opt out of a photo by informing the photographer.
These images become the property of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. They may be used in any and all Garden publications and media without limitation or reservation, and are not subject to compensation.