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Toro Nagashi

A Toro Nagashi Japanese floating lantern display on water

Floating Lanterns - Toro Nagashi

Toro Nagashi (灯籠) "toro", pronounced toh-roh, means "lantern", while (流し) "nagashi", pronounced nah-gah-shee, means "cruise" or "flow"

Join us for a breathtaking Toro Nagashi Japanese floating lantern display on Meadow Lake. On Friday, August 2, following the Opening Night performances of the 6th annual Destination Asia Festival, walk the Meadow Lake Trail to admire hundreds floating lanterns in the lake. Each lantern symbolizes a memory of a loved one, important moment in your life, or a wish you have for the future.  The viewing of the event is free, with Arboretum paid admission to the grounds.


Lanterns can be decorated between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019.  Lanterns released at approximately 8:00 p.m.

 Lanterns are $10 each. Quantities are very limited and advance purchase is recommended.

BY PHONE: 630-725-2066, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours


Sorry, lanterns cannot be returned to you after the lantern float is completed.

  If you are unable to attend the Opening Night of our Destination Asia Festival, your lantern will still be released into the lake in a glowing display. The lanterns are not for purchase to take home, rather to be released in a floating display that evening on Meadow Lake.   Join us on Saturday and Sunday August 3 & 4 for our 6th Annual Destination Asia Festival.