August 8, 2009 at 11:49 pm (Florida, networking, News, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (Bon celebration, Bon Festival, Bon Odori, bonsai, drum performance, event, Florida, Fushu Daiko, garden, japanese, Morikami, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, museum, Obon celebration, Obon Festival, public event, South Florida, sun-sentinel, Taiko Drum, Taiko Drum Performance)
Instead of the Miami Design District’s Art & Design Night we decided to do something a little different this month – Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden’s Bon Festival. The annual event sponsored by the Sun Sentinel is Morikami’s annual event “Inspired by Obon, Japan’s traditional three-day holiday honoring ancestors and thanking them for the quality of life enjoyed by the living.”
The four-hour event included food, free parking, and Ennichi (games for the kids). The highlights of evening were the dancers performing the Bon Odori (Bon Dance) and Taiko Drum Performances by Fushu Daiko. The evening culminated in the Toro Nagashi, or floating of the lanterns, which began “at sunset when Morikami Pond [was] transformed into a tranquil sea of lighted lanterns which, in accordance with Japanese custom, guide the departure of ancestors’ souls who have come for a brief visit among the living.” A fireworks show polished off the evening.
The event was fun, and packed – as if all of South Florida had come to join the festival. It begs the question “has the current economy fueled a resurgence in public interest in inexpensive art and cultural events?”