Every autumn, people line up for @morikamimuseum ‘s most popular event, Latern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon. This year’s tickets sold out within 12 hours of being released - we were able to pawn some last minute tix off a couple on Facebook that had just broken-up. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. Before sunset, the garden opens its gates so that patrons can drown their sorrows in sake or partake in one of the many other activities the festival has to offer. People are encouraged to buy paper lanterns and write messages to lost relatives or loved ones - these are utilized after sunset for the ritual ceremony. As the sun fades, brightly colored paper lanterns light the garden paths as people find their viewing area for the main event. Volunteers row out to the middle of the lake with canoes and begin lighting each lantern one by one, which represents the “sending off” of spirits that temporarily visit earth during the short period of Obon.