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May 29, 2006

Toro Nagashi

Toro Nagashi, or lantern offerings, is a traditional Buddhist ceremony.
Usually held during Obon season in the fall, here in Hawaii, the event is
blended with Hawaiian and American traditions and held on the beach at
Magic Island on Memorial Day. Candles are set in paper and wood lanterns
bearing the names of the dead, and they are set afloat on the ocean. This
year, Jen and I honored my late grandmothers, Hanako Ozawa and Irene
Caitano Henderson.

Posted by Moblog at May 29, 2006 6:48 PM


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