The Sevillian town of Coria del Río, on the banks of the Guadalquivir, celebrates this Tuesday a new edition of the Toro Nagashi ceremony, a Japanese tradition to watch over souls and wish peace in the world, a ceremony full of spirituality, aestheticism and feeling It will begin at the Yashiro monument in Orilla, known as the Temple of Souls, a work donated by the Japanese artist Kiyoshi Yamaoka and a symbol of union with the Japanese country.
The City Council has announced the celebration of this festival to bring residents and tourists closer to Japanese culture and traditions. It should be remembered that in this Sevillian town there are more than 600 residents who are called Japan, the result of a long Japanese tradition that has been successfully established in Coria.
The ceremony will be held on Paseo Carlos de Mesa and will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Yashiro monument in Orilla, to later deposit the biodegradable floating lanterns in the Guadalquivir River. In this edition, they will put up for sale 5,000 lanterns that can be purchased from 7:00 p.m. at two distribution points located on the promenade itself.
The mayor of Coria del Río, Modesto González (Andalucía X Sí), recalled that “the repercussion that this event has acquired in just a few years is incredible, with visitors from different geographical points, not only from Andalusia”, a fact ” which demonstrates the important growth that the relationship of the people with Japan has experienced.
González added that the celebration of the Toro Nagashi ceremony, like other festivals such as Hanami in spring, allows residents and tourists to experience Japanese culture firsthand. For this reason, the area will be themed with oriental details and will have different Japanese food stalls.
Due to the expected massive influx of visitors, the Coria del Río City Council has expanded the health services and the presence of the Local Police, as well as civil protection personnel, and the signaling of parking bags for vehicle parking has been improved . In addition, the jetty has been expanded and, as a novelty, several sliding platforms have been set up to deposit the lanterns, allowing greater fluidity and facilitating the circulation of the participating public.
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