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Lantern Festival features rousing taiko drum performances by Fushu Daiko, kids’ activities, traditional Japanese folk dancing and an all-day ennichi street fair. At the end of the evening, visitors watch hundreds of paper lanterns—each lit by a single candle—dot Morikami Lake, against a sky of fireworks.

Lantern Festival Entertainment Schedule

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Matsuri Stage

Japanese Folk-Dancing

  • 3:45pm
  • 7:00pm

Taiko Drumming by Fushu Daiko

  • 4:15pm
  • 5:15pm
  • 6:15pm

Shamisen Performance by Matsuriza Tsugaru Shamisen

  • 5:00pm
  • 6:00pm

Morikami Lake

Lantern Floating

  • 7:30pm

Fireworks Display

  • 8:00pm

All-Day Activities

Festival celebrations across the world culminate in lively street celebrations. Morikami’s ennichi street fair features kids’ games, food and shopping.

Browse an array of Japanese items from some of the best vendors Morikami has to offer. From bonsai and tea to spices and Japanese snacks, there’s something for everyone! Vendors do not necessarily accept credit cards. ATMs are available on site.

Be sure to stop by the Fine Print Shoppe to pick up your exclusive Lantern Festival 2016 t-shirt designed by artist Erika Taguchi-Newton. Bring your own shirt to receive a free screen print (additional screen prints $5), or buy a shirt for $10!


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As the Japanese saying goes, “shokuyoku no aki” – Fall is the season for eating, and we are proud to bring you a variety of traditional Japanese fall flavors including sweet potatoes, roasted nuts and fried tofu. Additionally, street fair foods we’re sure you already know and love will be available throughout the evening!

Try your hand at one of our traditional Japanese festival games, or participate in some of our uniquely-fall activities. We’ll also offer great kids’ activities and entertainment for all ages throughout the evening.