The two-week long festival, which kicked off on February 5 and will end on February 19, coincides with the Lunar New Year celebration. Nagasaki is one of the cities in Japan that were opened to foreign trade, and it has a long connection with Chinese culture, according to SoraNews24.
For those who are planning to visit Nagasaki, it’s highly suggested to partake in the festivities right after sunset. Not only will the lanterns look like they are floating with the backdrop of the dark sky, they will also look beautiful when they’re reflected in the river, or the puddles of rain water on the streets.
Twitter user and Nagasaki local, @hitsuji_eat, recorded a couple of clips while riding the train that runs between Nagasaki’s Meganebashi Bridge and Hama no Machi shopping arcade. As noted by SoraNews24, this somehow resembles the train ride going to the witch Yubaba’s Aburaya bathhouse in “Spirited Away.”