Launch the Lantern Dinner

Launch the Lantern Dinner
An exclusive celebration for Obon

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Join us for this special dinner event, followed by the floating of your personalized lantern on the lake, as we celebrate Obon.

This evening we will be floating your personal lanterns on the lake along with a large lantern filled with paper slips, carrying written messages to lost loved ones that were collected throughout the day from those who visited and celebrated Obon at the Morikami.

What is Obon?

During Obon, Japanese families welcome into their homes the spirits of their ancestors for a brief visit with the living. On the last night of Obon, these ancestors are believed to depart back to the otherworld, their journey illuminated by farewell fires. In many communities, these guiding lights take the form of simple paper lanterns floating on the water. In Japan, families who have lost loved ones in the past year float elaborately decorated boats to transport these spirits to the otherworld.

Sunday, August 13th, 2023

Cost: $200 per person

The evening to help benefit the Morikami 4 E’s – Education, Exhibitions, Emotional Well-Being program, and Expansion.

Schedule of Events:

  • 6:30-7:30:  hors d’oeuvres, sake tasting, and decorating lanterns
  • 7:30-7:50: Taiko Performance in the theater
  • 8:00: Dinner
  • 9:15: Floating of the lanterns
  • 10:00: Event ends
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