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Festival Volunteers

The Morikami hosts many special events and festivals throughout the year. Volunteering for an event is a one day commitment. A separate application is needed for each festival or event in which you would like to volunteer.

2014-2015 Special Events Descriptions and Applications:

Sunday, January 11, 2015: Oshogatsu, or the New Year, is Japan's most important yearly observance.  Because Oshogatsu is a time of renewal, the Japanese make a special effort to clear away any obligations in order to start the New Year fresh. This season is the only extended period of time that allows the Japanese family to relax together and enjoy many family-centered activities like those at the Morikami festival. 

    Student Application        Adult Application


Hatsume Fair
Saturday, April 18 & Sunday, April 19, 2015: Hatsume Fair, celebrating the first bud of spring, is the Morikami's largest annual event. The festival features multiple stages with continuous entertainment including taiko drummers, a Japanese tea ceremony, martial arts demonstrations, bonsai demonstrations and much more. Also included are avenues of artisan booths and plant sales as well as Anime @ Hatsume, featuring our annual Costume Contest and Japanese Fashion Show

    Student Application        Adult Application

Lantern Festival in the Spirit of Obon
Saturday, October 18, 2014: The Lantern Festival at the Morikami is inspired by Obon, Japan's traditional three-day holiday honoring ancestors and thanking them for the quality of life enjoyed by the living. Highlights include rousing taiko drum performances, traditional Japanese folk dancing with audience participation and a street fair with games and shop stalls. The highlight of the evening begins at sunset when Morikami Lake is 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 special fireworks display caps the enchanting evening.

    Student Application         Adult Application          Clean-up Day Application