The Spirit Boat Procession / Shourounagashi

精霊流し

The Spirit Boat Procession / Shourounagashi Nagasaki's traditional summer event.
Date
Annually on August 15th

OVERVIEW

The Spirit Boat Procession of Nagasaki is Japan's most-recognized traditional ceremony held for O-Bon, the festival honoring the spirits of ancestors. The distinctive feature of Nagasaki's O-Bon Festival is the lively parade of spirit boats which winds through the city, accompanied by a cacophony of firecrackers, as families send off the souls of the departed in colorful fashion, late into the night. Families often decorate the boats with designs reflecting their relative's hobbies and tastes, and the detailed design of the boats is a matter of pride for Nagasaki people. The scenes of the procession have even made appearances in songs and movies. (Movie links)

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Nagasaki City
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Festivals & Traditional Culture
History & Culture
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