There were so many people there, pre-estimated around 40.000, so the beach park was really crowded. Still, it was a really good vibe, food stands, people sitting around, grilling, and music was playing. The big stage was set up, with huge screens around the beach area so that all of the crowds somehow could see.
There was a Buddist priestess – her holiness Shinso Ito, who performed the seremony, wth incesnce, candle light, prayer and song. It was fascinating. And her voice rang clear and high pitched in my ear, and the eager translator tried to empower the words as well as her holiness, illustrating for the rest of us who do not speak Japanese.Then after some music performed by a local orchestra, the lantern floating began. People streamed towards the waters edge, letting the lanterns with memories and thoughts of their loved ones go, creating a beautiful sight.
There were many beautiful sights that night..Love and grief go hand in hand. Unavoidable in this endless cycle of life and death. I cling to the good moments, especially when I am wise and lucky enough to realize I am in one of them.I stole this image, as it was unreal. So beautiful. What a sight.