Japanese Friendship Garden Honors Ancestors At The Annual Toro Nagashi Festival

Get ready for an enchanting evening filled with Japanese culture and tradition at the Toro Nagashi Festival, a captivating event held in the serene ambiance of the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Embrace the beauty of this ancient custom, Toro Nagashi, as the community honors and remembers our departed loved ones.

Floating Lantern Tradition

A highlight of the Toro Nagashi Festival is the touching custom of floating lanterns to remember and honor those who have passed away.

As twilight sets in, the lower garden stream becomes aglow with the warm light of floating lanterns adorned with LED candles. Guests are invited to participate in this heartwarming tradition and send their wishes of peace and love to their dearly departed.

Starting at 10AM on Friday, August 11th, we will have 100 lanterns available for purchase and decoration in the Inamori Pavilion. It’s a first-come, first-served opportunity, so make sure to arrive early to secure your lantern and personalize it with your heartfelt messages.

Click here to purchase your lanterns.

Food and Sake Garden

Indulge your taste buds with delectable delights from an array of food vendors scattered across the lower garden. From the authentic flavors of Hinotez Japanese Kitchen to the mouthwatering delicacies served up by House of Bao, there’s something to please every palate.

And for those craving some liquid refreshments, head up to the upper garden Exhibit Hall, where a delightful Beer and Sake Garden awaits you!

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In addition to the enchanting ambiance and delightful food, the Toro Nagashi Festival offers a mesmerizing lineup of performances in the Inamori Pavilion.

Experience the beauty of traditional Japanese music, dance, and arts, as talented artists grace the stage with their captivating performances.

See you there

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the magic of the Toro Nagashi Festival, hosted by the Japanese Friendship Garden, one of San Diego’s most beautiful settings.

Gather your friends and family for a memorable evening that celebrates love, remembrance, and the rich cultural heritage of Japan.

Keep up to date with JFG through their website here.

See you there, San Diego!

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  • Start Date
    August 11, 2023 10:00 am
  • End Date
    August 12, 2023 6:00 pm
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    • Japanese Friendship Garden
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    2215 Pan American E Rd, San Diego, CA 92101
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