The custom in Japan is for relatives of one recently deceased to ease the spirit’s return to the other world, after it has stayed with the living family over the O-Bon holiday, by launching a symbolic, prayer-inscribed lantern onto a river, lake or the sea. This year, the ritual coincided with the August full moon, seen in the photo only as a trembling white reflection.
Sorry, Tito: This in not in reply but my own comment. My PC doesn’t work well for leaving a response.
The photo reminded me of Hakusen’s haiku.
autumn day –
in my closed eyes, the country
of pink lotus flowers
(Watanabe, Hakusen. The last autumn before his death in 1969.)