Obon Weekend

Celebrate Obon Weekend at the Morikami
Enjoy live taiko drumming performances in the spirit of Obon

We invite guests to take a contemplative stroll through the gardens, fill out paper slips in memory of lost loved ones, enjoy live taiko drumming performances in the spirit of Obon, and pay respects to George Morikami at the Bon altar.

memory slip
Memory Slip for a lost loved one

Bondana (Bon altar) pays respect to Mr. George Morikami.


Taiko Drumming Performances

Experience an electrifying fusion of tradition and innovation as Fushu Daiko brings the thunderous heartbeat of Japan to life with a dazzling Taiko drumming performance.

Date: Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11, 2024

Cost:  $5 for Members | $10 for Non-Members


  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
  • 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Sunday only)

Location: Morikami Theater

Online Pre-Sales will close on Friday, August 9th. All remaining tickets will be available at the theater doors on the day of the show.

(Reminder: This ticket does not include admission to the museum. Admissions information: Hours & Admission)


Bon Dancing Workshop & Performance

Traditionally, Obon festivities include dancing where people join in a circle and dance to music.

Join in our Obon celebration…

Learn how to dance one of Japan’s traditional Bon dances, along with members of our staff, South Florida Japanese community members, and members of Fushu Daiko.  After you learn the steps we will all dance together with music accompaniment by Fushu Daiko.

Date: Saturday, August 10 only

Cost:  FREE for all attendees


  • 3:30 pm – 3:50 pm – Workshop to learn the Bon Dance
  • 3:50 pm – 4:20 pm – Bon Dance Performance

Location: Morikami Terrace

Guiding Lights

Purchase a Guiding Light Lantern to enjoy throughout the weekend in the garden and then bring it home with you to continue your celebration.

Date: Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11, 2024

Cost:  $5

Location: Morikami Museum Lobby


Family Fun Day: Cicada Noisemaker

Cicadas, or semi in Japanese, are famous for their chorus of buzzing in the summer. Imitate their buzzing by making your own noisemaker!

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2024

Time: 12pm – 3pm
Location: Sakai Room

All Family Fun Days are FREE* with paid admission
No reservations needed


Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to cancel the Launch the Lantern Dinner.  We look forward to holding the event again next year.  Anyone who has already purchased their ticket(s) will receive a refund back to the card they used to purchase them with. We hope you will join us for our activities during the day all weekend long.


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