Azumabashi Bridge over the Sumida River was crowded this evening on its upstream side. From about 6.45pm, the crowds on the bridge and lining both sides of the river were treated to the sight of hundreds of candle-lit lanterns being floated from the Asakusa side.
|Toro Nagashi Lantern Floating Festival on the Sumida River, Asakusa|
This supposedly ancient festival was revived in 1946 and ran annually until 1965, when flood prevention facilities built along the river made holding the festival impossible. However, with the pedestrianization of the river in the 21st century, the Toro Nagashi festival was revived yet again in 2005, and has been part of the Asakusa district's summer festivities every year since then.
|Azumabashi Bridge (red), on the Sumida River near Asakusa, Tokyo.|
Members of the public are invited to purchase a lantern for 1,500 yen, sent by mail, which they can then decorate with and float down the river on the day. Mail order applications end on July 31, and applications by those who can actually pick up a lantern directly in Asakusa from the Aasakusa Kankou Renmei (Asakusa Tourism Association) end just a couple of days before the event.
|Lit Toro Nagashi Festival lanterns float downstream towards Komagatabashi Bridge on the Sumida River|
Read about the huge Sanja Matsuri Festival that took place here in Asakusa just last month.
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