Bon Festival

Inspired by Obon, Japan’s traditional three-day holiday honoring ancestors and thanking them for the quality of life enjoyed by the living, The Morikami celebrates Bon Festival in one fun-packed evening. Events include rousing taiko drum performances, traditional Japanese folk dancing with audience participation, and a street fair with games and vendor booths.

The highlight of the evening begins at sunset when Morikami Lake is transformed into a tranquil sea of lighted lanterns which, in accordance with Japanese custom, guide the departure of ancestors’ souls who have come for a brief visit among the living. A special fireworks display caps the enchanting evening. For more info go to or contact us here via our email at