Japanese lanterns floated in the Frog Pond near the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at dusk on Sunday as thousands gathered at the Como Park Conservatory’s 18th annual Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival in St. Paul. Earlier, a dance company performed and crowds viewed the traditional art of kenjutsu, or Japanese swordsmanship. The annual event is reminiscent of Japan’s Obon holiday. See more photos at startribune.com/galleries.