2004 Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival
Como Park Pavilion
St. Paul MN
Story and Photographs by
August 22, 2004
The fifth annual Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival was held last
Sunday in front of the Como Park Pavilion.
festival is a
celebration of Japanese "Obon". In accordance with the Buddhist
belief, the lanterns are lit in order to guide departed ancestors
home. In addition to lighting the lanterns, the dead are
a variety of other rituals in involving dance and music.
Nishimonai Bon Dance Troup performs intricate movements that have been
passed down for over 700 years.
Mu Daiko, Taiko Drummer
Champion baton twirlers from Ibaraki Japan
In additoin to the lantern lighting, dancing, and music, there were
several booths offering food and cultural displays.