2011 Bon Festival at Morikami

The 2011 Bon Festival is this weekend at Morikami in Delray Beach. If you have never had the opportunity to experience the tranquil, ethereal event- this is the time to take a look. With something for everyone and a portion of online ticket sale proceeds to benefit relief efforts in Japan- it’s a weekend wind-down must! Anytime you can combine good eats with a beer garden and fireworks it’s bound to be a beautiful evening.

Some information provided on the Bon Festval:

“Inspired by Japan’s three-day Obon holiday honoring the spirits, the Morikami’s largest event, Bon Festival, packs all of the celebration’s excitement into one breathtaking evening. Held from 4pm – 9pm on Saturday, August 13, the festival follows the holiday’s tradition of remembering ancestors and thanking them for our quality of life. Each year thousands of guests travel to the Morikami for the awe-inspiring Bon Festival which embraces the celebration and appreciation of those who passed.  Bon Festival features rousing taiko drum performances by Fushu Daiko, children’s activities, traditional Japanese folk dancing, American & Japanese cuisine, and the Kirin Beer Garden. When night falls, patrons pay homage to those who have passed on by floating individually decorated candlelit lanterns on Morikami Pond, a traditional Japanese ceremony known as Toro Nagashi. The myriad of lights created by the floating lanterns signifies the guidance of departed souls back to where they came after their brief visit. Additionally, in light of the recent tragedy, there will be special remembrance opportunities offered by the Morikami to honor and raise funds for those whose lives were impacted by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The night will end with a brilliant fireworks display over Morikami Lake.”

Some images from Morikami’s album from proir Bon Festivals.

If you purchase your tickets online -in advance, Morikami and EventBrite are partnering to donate $1 per adult ticket and $.50 per child ticket purchased for Bon Festival to Japan Relief. Buy your tickets in advance to save money, skip the lines and help a worthy cause!

Advanced Tickets

$12 for adults (ages 18+)

$5 for kids (ages 4-17)
FREE for members
and kids 3 and under 

Tickets at the Gate
$15 for adults (ages 18+)
$6 for kids (ages 4-17)
FREE for members and kids 3 and under

“Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, and explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening.  Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, Pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive museum store.”

 Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit www.morikami.org or call 561-495-0233.

I hope to see you there!



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