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Shimabara Shoryo Nagashi島原精霊流し


A traditional Bon ceremony conducted in the Shimabara area for over 300 years in which bamboo and straw boats for the dead decorated with faceted lanterns are set afloat on the Ariake Sea. As night falls, young men pick up the boats and carry them around town to cries of Namaido! Namaido! before finally launching them on the ocean. The sight of the boats drifting on the sea and the gentle light of their lanterns in the darkness is both beautiful and haunting.


Nagasaki Pref. Shimabarashi Miyanomachi (Unzen / ShimabaraArea)

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Nagasaki Pref. Shimabarashi Miyanomachi [ map ]
Unzen / ShimabaraArea
2019/8/15 19:00-21:00
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          This hidden corner of the country is rural Japan at its best, where underground activity is to thank for active volcanoes and bubbling natural hot springs along the Shimabara Peninsula as well as the crystal clear waters of the Goto Islands off the west coast. Less well known than Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, Nagasaki commemorates its own past at the Nagasaki Peace Park, which sits alongside the charming Meganebashi stone bridge and a mix of religious buildings with beautiful architecture, such as the Zen Buddhist Sofukuji Temple, the Confucian Shrine, and the Oura Christian Church.

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