Lantern Lighting Festival 2015

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Lantern Lighting Festival 2015

History

The Lantern Lighting Festival, the largest Japan-related festival in Minnesota, takes place in Como Park every August.  Modeled after summer festivals held across Japan, it features stage performances, cultural demonstrations, activities, and, of course, Japanese food.  The event is reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday, an important cultural and family event.  During this holiday it is said that ancestral spirits revisit their families for three days.  Many people will return home to pay their respects at grave-sites, and often small paper lanterns are lit and floated down the river to guide ancestor’s spirits. The Obon Festival also features the Bon Odori, or folk dance, in which all are invited to join in the circle and dance.

The Como Park Lantern Lighting Festival incorporates traditions such as the Bon Odori with Minnesota culture to create new traditions.  Every year Mu Performing Arts, featuring the Mu-Min Chorus Mu-Daiko, and Mikaharu-kai Dance Group perform the Minnesota Bon Odori, celebrating Minnesotan culture with a Japanese flair.

A collaborative effort between JASM, Como Park, and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC), the Lantern Lighting Festival is a chance for JASM to reach out to the community and directly promote cultural exchange.  By creating a fun event for all ages, we hope to share the experience with people who fondly remember festivals in Japan, and those who wish to experience one for the first time.

If you are interested in volunteering click here for more information.

Information about the Obon Tradition.

All of JASM’s events are made possible thanks to our sponsors, members, and volunteers. If you would like to become involved, find more information on opportunities below:

Membership – Corporate Membership – Sponsorship – Volunteer

2015 Event Information

Event Schedule: 3:00 p.m. to dusk on Sunday, August 23rd, 5015
Location:
 Como Zoo Park

Free shuttle bus service will be available from a staffed off-site parking lot at the District Service Center located at 1930 Como Ave. (click here to see a map)

Click here to visit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory website.

Ticket Prices

Adult (age 13 and older) – $5.00

Child (age 3 to 12) – $3.00

Senior (age 65 and under) – $3.00

Under the age of 3 – Free

 

– Como Park Map

 

Donation for Bazaar 

JASM is looking for donations of Japan related items to sell at our main booth during the Lantern Lighting Festival on August 23rd. The money that is raised during the Lantern Lighting Festival would be used to fund JASM’s programs that further promote the understanding between Japanese and Americans. If you would like to donate, please bring the items to the JASM office during office hours or bring the items on the day of the Lantern Lighting Festival.
For more information, please contact JASM office, jasm@us-japan.org