Bon Festival 2012 at Morikami: More Food, Fewer People
It's so beautiful, in fact, that the weight of its own popularity was crushing it. Around 9,000 guests came through the front gates of Morikami last year, and frankly, that was simply too many people for comfort.
This year the organizers have limited the ticket sales and they will only be sold online, not at the gate. So, if you went last year and were put off by the overwhelming crowd, don't worry about it this time.
Bon Odori or the traditional Bon Dance will be performed on the Yagura Stage at 4:45, 5:45, and 7:15 p.m. and the Taiko Drum Performance by Fushu Daiko and featuring students from South Florida Taiko Dojo will take place at 5, 6:30, and 8 p.m.
Also new this year will be an interactive explanation -- with prizes -- of the history and tradition of the obon festival at 4:30, 5:30, 6, 7, and 7:30 p.m. on the Matsuri Stage with the museum's educational staff.
The big event of the evening, of course, will be the floating of lit paper lanterns on Morikami Lake. This will take place at 8:30 p.m. followed by the fireworks display at 9 p.m.
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