Nara Toka-e Festival (Candle Lighting Festival) takes place from August 5 to 14 prior to the climax of Obon. It is not an old festival but started 15 years ago. Nara Park and its surrounding World Heritage Sites are illuminated by the lights from about 15,000 candles. Almost all the electric lights are down except some low light for footsteps safety.
|Ukimi-do Pavilion started glittering in a golden hue at 7. p.m. at Sagi-ike Pond, Nara Park|
Soft pink flowers of Japanese crape myrtle looked glowing in the misty dusk.
Candles are lit up one by one by the volunteers. Lighting a candle is, in itself, a prayer for the repose of the soul and of gratitude. Tohoku struck by the 2011 massive earthquake and tsunami is always in our prayers and thoughts.
As the night advanced, many images came and went in my mind
like the boats with the candles on the bow coming and going in the dim.
I’ll be away from the blog-sphere for a while. Obon is a time-honored observance of impermanence, reflection and appreciation on our own life, gratitude to the late people, and having joys of family reunion.
|Bamboo objet at the Asajigahara Field|
Wish you the very best in the rest of August. See you!
|Leaving from the darkness of Kasuga Shrine to the lights of the traffic|