Inspired by the Japanese Obon Festival honoring the ancestors, they transform Morikami Pond into a sea of lanterns which guide the departure of ancestors’ souls who have come for a brief visit among the living. It’s very moving.
Flat rock garden.
Flat courtyard garden at museum.
Karesansui Rock Garden with raked stone perfected by Zen Buddists.
Prized Koi at Morikami Pond. Koi were developed from common carp in Japan in the 1820s, and are still very popular today because they are a symbol of love and friendship. Many different colors and color patterns have since been developed; common colors include white, black, red, yellow, blue, and cream.
Wisdom Ring (or Chie No Wa) is a replica of the 500 year old Japanese stone lantern that resides near a temple in Miyazu in Japan. It’s a favorite spot.
Morikami Sea Grape Bonsai
Morikami Obon Festival in August.
Morikami Puff Bonsai
Romantic Japanese landscaping.
Yamato Island museum with history of Japanese settlement in this area.