Toro (lantern) is an elegant traditional lighting equipment in Japan. The “Hana Toro Festival”(Flower Lantern Festival) in the park of Honmyoji Temple (Kumamoto), is an event exhibited thousands of Toro under cherry blossom trees. I went to this precious event that only held for 5 hours at the night of final Saturday of March every year!
Please see the beautiful scenes of collaboration of toro and sakura!
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With the support of residence and students around Honmyoji’s area, the sakura lantern festival has begun from 2002. Over 3000 handmade paper lanterns light up the way of Honmyoji, and over 800 lanterns hanging on the cherry blossom trees. Plus the lanterns of the object changing every year, there’re over 8000 lanterns!
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The handmade lanterns with different design stands on the ground one by one. Stickers, watercolor paints, paper cut… Seeing the lanterns, thinking of the people made those is also pleasant. An imaginative primary school student nearby? A kindly grandma? A handy housewife?
Of course, night cherry blossom is attractive as well. With the light of lanterns, night sakura have a different flavor compared to sakura under sunshine.
Also, different music concerts held by the small temples around the main approach are also popular. Beginning with Japanese traditional instruments like zither, bamboo flute and pipa, the songs also includes piano, guitar, synthesizer and people’s vocal. Such different sounds make an elegant atmosphere here.
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Walk through the light-up cherry blossom tree and lanterns, isn’t it romantic?AND – if you’re hungry, you can find Yaki Soba, Yaki Chicken, Oden, sweet wine… Whatever you want in a Japanese Matsuri, making both heart and body warm!
On the top of the mountain, we can see Kumamoto city’s night view.
4-13-1 Hanazono, Kumamoto 860-0072, Kumamoto Prefecture
10 min walk from Honmyoji tram stop
Ticket : Free
Kyushu has many special scenes different from Tokyo. Especially when sakura season, Tokyo will full of visitors, but some places in Kyushu will have great view and fewer people. Next time, try Kyushu, feel different Japan!