Inspired by Obon, Japanâ€™s traditional three-day holiday honoring ancestors and thanking them for the quality of life enjoyed by the living, The Morikami celebrates the Lantern Festival in one fun-filled evening. Entertainment includes taiko drumming, traditional Japanese folk dancing, ghost stories, and a street fair with games and shop stalls. The highlight of the evening transforms Morikami Pond into a sea of lanterns which, in accordance with Japanese custom, guide the departure of ancestorsâ€™ souls who have come for a brief visit among the living. A special fireworks display caps the enchanting evening. Save the date for this year’s Lantern Festival on October 19, 2013.Â Enjoy Japanese folk-dancing, drumming, our Ennichi street fair and iconic lantern floating ceremony in a fall festival in the spirit of Obon â€“ Japanâ€™s summer homage to ancestors who return for a brief visit to the living. To learn more about Lantern Festival, visit our blog. Ticket sales begin July 1st, and continue until the event sells out. Please note: there will be NO tickets sold at the gate.