Annual Lantern Lighting Festival

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Events, General | 0 comments

Annual Lantern Lighting Festival

It’s that time of the year again! In collaboration with Como Park and the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC), JASM would like to invite all to take part in the largest Japan-related festival in Minnesota. The Annual Lantern Lighting Festival is reminiscent of the Obon holiday honoring the spirits of our ancestors. As such, it is a very important cultural and family event. This event is modeled after summer festivals held across Japan and offers everyone a chance to learn about such an important aspect of Japanese culture.

The Lantern Lighting Festival is fun for all ages!  Bring the entire family for our main event of the summer! There will be performances by Mu Performing Arts, featuring the Mu-Min Chorus Mu-Daiko, and Mikaharu-kai Dance Group who will be performing the ‘Bon Odori’. Games and cultural demonstration, and of course, delicious Japanese food will be offered for everyone to enjoy! Please come and enjoy this important Japanese event with people who fondly remember festivals in Japan, and those who wish to experience one for the first time.


Event Information

Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory

When: Sunday, August 19th from 3:00pm to dusk.

Admission: $5 per person, $3 per child (3-12) & senior (age 65+). Children 2 & under are free.


– 3:00 Gates & Exhibits Open

– 3:30 Performances Begin

– 7:30 Bon Odori

– 8:00 JASM Exhibits Close

– 8:15 Lantern Lighting

– 10:00 Last Shuttle Departs from Como Park

View Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival in a larger map.



We are looking for volunteers to help out with this event. Volunteers will be given free admission! As a volunteer, your assistance will only be needed for part of the day so you will have plenty of time to enjoy the festivities. If you are interested, please contact us or call us at 612-627-9357.


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