Shoro Nagashi

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Floating Lanterns


  • Title: 精霊流し
  • Title (romaji): Shoro Nagashi
  • Also known as: Floating Lanterns
  • Tagline: あなたを忘れない / Anata wo Wasurenai / I'll Never Forget You
  • Format: Yorudora
  • Genre: Human drama
  • Episodes: 16 (15 mins each, 4 weeks)
  • Broadcast network: NHK
  • Broadcast period: 2002-Nov-11 to 2002-Dec-05
  • Air time: Monday through Thursday at 23:00
  • Theme song: Shoro Nagashi by Sada Masashi


The 5th NHK Yorudora is Shoro Nagashi. This is a term that refers to floating lanterns that are sent down the river during O-bon to honor deceased loved ones.

It's the summer of 1982. Singer-songwriter Sakurai Masahiko returns home to Nagasaki so he can participate in sending off the floating lanterns during O-bon. It's the first O-bon since his beloved aunt, Setsuko, has died. Before the festival, Masahiko is approached for an interview with a magazine, which makes him remember all of his happiest memories, and all of his most bittersweet ones as well. This is a heart-warming tale of love, life and death and the memories all of those leave with us.

-- translated from excerpts of NHK synopsis by awrittensin

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  • Week 1: When the Journey Began
  • Week 2: "When We Met
  • Week 3: When We Parted
  • Week 4: When We Were Born

-- translated by awrittensin

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