2023/8/11, 12: San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden to host Toro Nagashi by floating a lantern to honor those who have passed, Aug. 11, 12

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego hosts Toro Nagashi (floating lanterns), a ceremony done by floating lanterns in honor of those who have passed, on Friday, August 11, and Saturday, August 12.

The floating lanterns commemorate loved ones and wish them peace. Guests will be able to float their candle-lit lanterns (LED candles) in the lower garden stream.

Starting at 10:00 am on Friday, August 11, 100 lanterns will be available for purchase and decorated in the Inamori Pavilion. First come, first served.

In addition to the 9+ merchant booths, the festival includes a wide variety of performances in the Inamori Pavilion. Food vendors will be serving in the lower garden and a beer and sake garden will be available in the upper garden Exhibit Hall

FRIDAY, August 11
Floating times: 2PM or 4PM
Lanterns will be available for purchase inside the Inamori Pavilion (while supplies last)

SATURDAY, August 12
Floating times: 12PM, 2PM or 4PM
Lanterns will be available for purchase inside the Inamori Pavilion (while supplies last)

 

Performances at Toro Nagashi Festival

Friday, August 11

12:00pm G-Moto

G-Moto is a Bamboo Flute-Beatboxer, based in Southern California. He performs music covers from Video Game Music, Anime, K-Pop, and more. He has performed at various cultural festivals and anime conventions, such as the 626 Night Market, FoodieLand, and Anime Expo. He was a Finalist at Anime Los Angeles’ Next Top Star talent competition and has been featured in Jubilee Media’s SONGLAB series.

1:00pm Yako Eicher Trio

Yako Eicher was born in Iwakuni Japan, Yako started Classical piano training at 5 and continued until her graduation from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. She then established her own Music Teaching business called the Yako Dream Project. During this time Yako also performed at various venues as a vocalist and pianist as well as an event planner while maintaining her teaching schedule in piano, voice training, music theory etc. In 1997 Yako created and performed at the Asia African Refugee Relief Charity Concert in Yamaguchi Japan for which she received a commendation from UNHCR Commission. In 2013 she started performing at Something Jazz Club , Tomi Jazz in Manhattan every single month. In 2013 she started teaching at Bedrock school. In 2015 she started teaching at Lehman college In 2014 she started Japan tour 2 times /year. 2014 CD [Smile] 2016 CD[Tenderness] Special guest Shunzo Ohno. In 2016 she performed at Club Bonafide with Shunzo Ohno In 2017 she moved to San Diego California. In 2017 she opened up own music school [ Poway Music Co] In 2021 CD[Cosmos of February]

2:00pm Toro Nagashi Ceremony #1

3:30pm San Diego Taiko Folk Club

Established in 2004, San Diego Taiko, along with many taiko groups in North America, are practitioners of kumi-daiko, or ensemble taiko. This style, pioneered by the late Grandmaster Daihachi Oguchi in the 1950s, has become embedded in the cultural fabric of Japanese American communities around the US and has further spread to support many professional taiko artists. In the first half of the 2010s, San Diego Taiko began to explore the traditional pieces within their repertoire as well as expand their exposure to taiko music rooted within specific regions of Japan, including Edo Bayashi and Kotobuki Jishi. In 2014, San Diego Taiko established a stand-alone initiative to learn these deep and interesting pieces through the creation of the San Diego Taiko Folk Club.

4:00pm Toro Nagashi Ceremony #2

4:30pm San Diego Japanese Hula Club

San Diego Kimono club was formed in 2013. The members are all volunteers who love Japanese culture and want to carry on their Japanese heritage. They especially love wearing kimonos and have been invited to many different occasions to put on Kimono Shows. The kimonos are very special garments and some members have worn ones that are over one hundred years old. Some kimonos have been passed down from their grandmothers and their mothers. It is a beautiful family legacy.

5:30PM Inner fire wellness

Michael Birmingham is a Tai chi teacher and musician. As a wellness practitioner sharing his passion for wellness , movement and healing is part of everything he does. He has been teaching wellness and the art of movement over the last 7 years and loves to share his practices with others. He regularly leads self love workshops, tai chi classes and soundbaths for diverse populations throughout San Diego including last month partnering through the alsheimers association of San Diego.

Saturday, August 12th

11:00am The San Diego Kimono Club

San Diego Kimono club was formed in 2013. The members are all volunteers who love Japanese culture and want to carry on their Japanese heritage. They especially love wearing kimonos and have been invited to many different occasions to put on Kimono Shows. The kimonos are very special garments and some members have worn ones that are over one hundred years old. Some kimonos have been passed down from their grandmothers and their mothers. It is a beautiful family legacy.

12:00pm Toro Nagashi Ceremony #1

12:30pm Aikido Del Mar

Aikido Del Mar is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to the health and welfare of our community by sharing the practice of Yoshinkan Aikido. We’ve been serving the San Diego community since 2008. The practice started near Del Mar, CA. We moved to Torrey Highlands in 2020.

2:00pm Toro Nagashi Ceremony #2

2:30pm Shofukan Kendo Dojo

Shofukan is an open kendo dojo in the San Diego region and a sister dojo of Gedatsu USA Kendo Dojo (Los Angeles), under the Southern California Kendo Federation (SCKF) and All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF). Our organization is a social and not-for-profit sports & martial arts club, and all instructors and assistants are volunteer members of AUSKF. We also offer a youth, kids, and family oriented kendo instructional program in conjunction with our all-ages open practice. Our philosophy is to be inclusive of all members of the both the kendo as well as the general community. It is also our goal to bring together kendo practitioners from various dojos in the region for a chance to play with and learn from one another regularly.

3:30pm Masazumi Kai Koto ensemble

Masazumi Kai Koto ensemble, consisting of koto, sangen (shamisen) and shakuhachi, has been performing in San Diego area schools and other public areas since 1971. The group performs a variety of music ranging from classical Japanese to modern. And has even performed with a Suzuki violin group, as well as a Japanese dancing troupe. Masazumi Kai concerts have featured marimba, harmonica, shakuhachi and koto artists, most notably Iemoto Nakashima, the head of the Seiha Conservatory of Japanese Music, and the celebrated composer and virtuoso, Shinichi Yuize, under whom Masazumi Mizuno studied koto and Sangen in Tokyo Twelve of Mizuno Sensei’s students have taken their tests in Japan to receive the Junshihan, or Assistant Teacher Degree, four have gone to receive their Shihan, or Teacher Degree, and one has even achieved her Daishin, or Grand Master’s Degree. Masazumi Kai has been performing annually at the Japanese Friendship Garden Cherry Blossom Festival, Fall and Spring Sumi-e shows and the Buddhist Temple of San Diego’s cultural bazaar. Also perform at local library as well as retirement homes. Masazumi Mizuno continues to teach koto and sangen and perform at various venues including schools throughout San Diego as per of the Young Audiences programs in the hope of spreading appreciation of Japanese culture.

4:00pm Toro Nagashi Ceremony #3