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Cultural Folk Tales Day

Underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation

Saturday, July 8, 2017 10:00am—5:00pm

FREE with paid museum admission.

Explore countries around the world through interactive folk tales for the whole family to enjoy! Expert storytellers from across the globe will introduce stories from Japan, Latin America, Africa, and Haiti through vibrant music and dance. Also enjoy a day of hands-on crafts, activities, and access to the Palm Beach Library System’s Bookmobile!

ALL-DAY ACTIVITIES

Kuniko RED (resized for web)Storytelling 
Theater and Library
10:30am–4:30pm

Take a trip around the world with our storytellers! Listen to fun interactive folktales from Japan, Latin America, Africa and Haiti. Click here for our full schedule of storytelling events and performer descriptions!

 

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Galleries
10:00am–5:00pm

Be an explorer and search our galleries for the fun stories of these unique ema, wish blocks, from Japan.

 

 

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Classroom A
10:00am–4:30pm

Discover Doraemon, Japan’s first anime ambassador and a very funny robotic blue cat by watching a couple of his cartoons! Afterwards, create you own Doraemon crazy escapade by filling in the word bubbles on a manga, a comic book page, and give it your creative spin by coloring it in!

 

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Lobby
10:00am–5:00pm

Make a wish for the Star Festival, Tanabata! Write your wish on a tanzaku strip of paper and tie it to Tanabata bamboo in the lobby to celebrate!

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Palm Beach Library System’s Bookmobilefront of the Museum

Get your own Commemorative T’s and Totes by the Fine Print ShoppeBack Terrace

Origami Extravaganza & Palm Beach Library’s Families Reading Together Kickoff Event

Underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation and sponsored in part by the Palm Beach County Library System.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Free admission: per child presenting a valid library card from any library in Palm Beach County and one accompanying adult.

In partnership with the Palm Beach County Library System, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will be hosting the 13th annual “Families Reading Together” initiative kick-off! Alongside the fun events with the library, we will also have an Origami Extravaganza in conjunction with our exhibit, Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. The event will include an array of origami-themed and creative activities for all ages!

Membership Special: Those joining or renewing membership will receive 1 extra month free.

All-Day Events

Kuniko RED (resized for web)Storytelling and Magic with Kuniko Yamamoto 
11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. Morikami Theater
Welcome to the infinite world of origami! In Japanese, ori- means “to fold” and –gami means “paper.” Using origami, music and audience participation, storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto provides a magical entry into Japanese culture. In her show “Origami Tales,” mythological character masks and puppets, amazing flowers and a dragon – all made from origami – set the stage while Kuniko shares heartfelt stories from ancient Japan.

my-friends-by-taro-gomiGreat Book Giveaway
10:00am – 4:00pm. Library
Join us for a day to promote children’s literacy. Children in Preschool through 1st grade and their families are encouraged to read this year’s book, My Friends written and illustrated by Taro Gomi, available at any Palm Beach County Library System location. Newcomers to the Library System can register for a library card at the Bookmobile “library-on-wheels,” which will be stationed at the entrance of the museum throughout the day.

fox-beg-origami-wkshpGarden Safari Fun: Find and Fold Animal Friends
10:00am – 4:00pm. Gardens
Stroll through the gardens and discover wildlife of all kinds! Discover four folding fun stations ready for little origami hands! Be on the look out for the many live water, air, and forest animals that have made their home in the Morikami gardens!

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10:00am – 3:00pm. Classroom A
Fold a simple creature and make him your own by adding fun facial features: googly eyes, jagged teeth, a teasing tongue, etc. When it’s finished, pop him on the corner of a page in your book from the Great Book Giveaway!

Other Activities

Get your own Sound Safari fan for cool fun in the gardens. Walk through the gardens and discover the world of Japanese sound effects. Fans are a $1 donation (All proceeds go towards Morikami education programs).

Get your own Commemorative T’s and Totes by the Fine Print ShoppeBack Terrace

Meet Dewey the Library Owl — 10:30am – 10:50am and 2:30pm – 2:50pm  Lobby

 

Tea Day

TEA DAY | お茶の日

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Celebrate the culture of the wide world of tea at the Morikami! Tea Day includes tea tasting, storytelling for the family, and Tea Talks— a  lecture series with green tea experts Candice Kumai and ITO EN’s Rona Tison.

All events on Tea Day are free with museum admission except for Tea Talks and the Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstration. Click the tabs to learn more!

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Tea Exhibitors and Tasting Stations

10:00am—4:30pm. Lobby and Terrace

Learn, shop, and taste!
Enjoy the different flavors and brews  of tea by a variety of vendors. More details to follow!


Sado: The Way of Tea Demonstrations

12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm. Tea House. $5 with paid museum admission

Sado Tea CeremonyObserve Japanese sado, an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. Your involvement in the true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life.

Individual reservations are not necessary. Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. For more information please call 561-233-1367


Tea Talks

TIME 1:00pm (Theater doors open at 12:30pm)
PRICE $10 (members $7) Price does not include museum admission. Pre-Register Here!
LOCATION Morikami Theater

For the Love of Matcha: The Art of Japanese Wellness with Candice Kumai

Tea has a rich culture and history in Japan, especially, our beloved, matcha (powdered green tea) which is associated with traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Wellness journalist, Iron Chef Judge, best-selling author and leading clean eating chef, Candice Kumai, takes us through the fascinating history of matcha and its various uses from the past to the present. Acquire more knowledge, and be inspired by Candice as you learn of the benefits of matcha and how to incorporate it into your everyday life! A book signing will follow the lecture.

Rona Tison Photo cropDiscover Japanese Green Teas with ITO EN’s Rona Tison

Experience the expansive world of Japanese teas and its intrinsic taste profiles and complexities, with Rona Tison of ITO EN, the world’s premier leaders in green tea. From the centuries old traditions to the modern use of trendy matcha green teas, learn proper preparation and why Japanese teas are gaining global recognition for its celebrated umami tastes.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Candice Kumai, quoted by ELLE Magazine as “The golden girl of the wellness world,” is one of the country’s leading wellness journalists. She is a 5x best-selling author of Clean Green Eats, Clean Green Drinks, Pretty Delicious, Cook Yourself Sexy and Cook Yourself Thin. Candice is a regular contributor to E! News, The Dr. Oz Show and Today. A Top Chef alumna, Candice has appeared as a regular judge on Iron Chef America and Beat Bobby Flay. She regularly contributes to lifestyle publications such as Prevention, Yoga Journal, Men’s Journal, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Shape, Men’s Health, Clean Eating and Well & Good. She volunteers at dozens of charitable organizations and has traveled the globe surfing, soul-searching, modeling and researching wellness.

Candice has dedicated much of her time to philanthropic work, volunteering and mentoring in her community.

Rona Tison is the Sr. Vice President of Corporate Relations at ITO EN (North America) INC, the award-winning and world’s leading purveyor of green tea products and healthy beverages.  Established 50 years ago in Japan, she is dedicated to introducing ITO EN’s authentic green tea culture in the United States and creating innovative products that embody the companies five guiding principles of Natural, Healthy, Safe, Well-designed and Delicious. Being half-Japanese Tison is fluent in Japanese and well-versed on the Japanese culture. Tison serves on the Tea & Health Committee of the U.S. Tea Council, and has been a speaker at the Shizuoka World Tea Festival, Smithsonian Lecture Series, and World Tea Expo.

“The Magic Tea Kettle” Kamishibai Story

TIMES 12:00pm, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm
PRICE FREE with museum admission
LOCATION Library

Kamishibai literally means “paper theater” and is said to have started in Japan in the early 1900s. It is still part of a long tradition of picture storytelling. Today’s story is a Japanese folktale about a magical tanuki (raccoon dog), his new friend, and the making of their friendship. Join us for story time at the library. A craft activity will follow the reading!

Enjoy the English version of the famous Japanese children’s story The Magic Tea Kettle

Families Reading Together Kickoff

November 7, 2015

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Free admission for children presenting a valid library card from any library in Palm Beach County and one accompanying adult.

In partnership with the Palm Beach County Library System, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will be hosting the 12th annual “Families Reading Together” initiative kick-off!

Join us for a day to promote children’s literacy. Children in Preschool through 1st grade and their families are encouraged to read this year’s book, Up, Down, and Around written by Katherine Ayres and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, available at any Palm Beach County Library System location.Newcomers to the Library System can register for a library card at the Bookmobile “library-on-wheels,” which will be stationed at the entrance of the museum throughout the day.

All Day Free Activities

  • Crafts in Classroom A
  • Great Book Giveaway in the Library
  • Passport to Japan at the Yamato-kan
  • Vegetable Hunt through the Gardens (Pick up booklet on the back terrace)

Other Things to Do

  • Bookmark with Name Written in Japanese from 11:00am–4:00pm in the Yamato-kan Office for a $1 donation (All proceeds go towards Morikami education programs.)
  • Museum Store– $5 off a $25 purchase coupon
  • Cornell Café– A special kids menu for the day

Schedule of Events

10:00am Meet Dewey the Library Owl in the Lobby 20 mins
11:00am Pumpkin Patty Show in the Theater 45 mins
12:00pm Kamishibai Storytelling at the Yamato-kan 25 mins
12:30pm Meet Dewey the Library Owl in the Lobby 20 mins
1:00pm Pumpkin Patty Show in the Theater 45 mins
2:00pm Kamishibai Storytelling at the Yamato-kan 25 mins
2:30pm Meet Dewey the Library Owl in the Lobby 20 mins
3:00pm Pumpkin Patty Show in the Theater 45 mins
3:30pm Kamishibai Storytelling at the Yamato-kan 25 mins

“Set the Stage” Fundraising Event

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Discover Sake

Sorry for the inconvenience but tickets for Discover Sake are SOLD OUT!

Color, aroma, flavor and texture: all important traits to consider when you’re discovering your new favorite sake. Unlike wine, sake’s brewing process is more closely aligned with that of beer and the quality of rice, milling, polishing and filtering play a big role in the taste experience. We invite enthusiasts and amateurs alike, to join us as we host five of Japan’s most respected sake brewers, each from different prefectures, for an evening of premium sake selections paired with dinner bites from our Cornell Cafe. Guests will also hear from John Gauntner, “the Sake Guy,” as he gives short talks about what makes each of these breweries unique. Need a few more reasons to attend? Check out our Top 5! 

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, May 22, 2015
  • Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Tickets: $55 for members, $75 for non-members (Admission is limited)
  • Premium sake selections will be served with a beer and wine bar
  • Dinner-by-the-bite food pairings
  • Cocktail Attire

About the Brewers

Meet the craftsmen who combine deep-rooted tradition with technology to produce Japan’s leading libation.

Discover Sake Participating Brewers

Yuichiro Tanaka
Rihaku Shuzo Brewery, Shimane Prefecture
Rihaku Shuzo was founded in 1882 in Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture. Named for the famous Chinese poet, Rihaku has named several of their sakes based on phrases from the great poet’s words. At the helm from 1987 until his death in 2010, Yuichiro’s father used to say “I feel it is part of my life’s work to spread the good word about sake, the culture that goes along with it, and of course Shimane as well.” Today, Yuichiro manages the brewery, and is actively involved in many other sake-related projects, both within Japan and without, and carries on his father’s mission of bringing Japanese sake to the world.

Kiyoaki Doi
Doi Shuzo Brewery, Shizuoka Prefecture
Doi Shuzo began in 1868, and has now been brewing sake for four generations. The brewery is situated in Shizuoka near the ruins of Takatenjin Castle where many a battle was fought.  Although many breweries use water from wells, Doi Shuzo brings water from a spring nearby, close to Kotenjin Castle. It is soft water, which gives the sake a melting, absorbing quality. On top of that, it is so pure it needs no filtering, no additives to chemically adjust it, nor is charcoal filtering of the final sake needed.  Kiyoaki Doi is the fourth-generation leader. Upon taking the reigns from his father, he was told, “You can brew more sake than we do now if you like, or you can brew less. Do whatever you want. But whatever you do, never let the quality of your sake fall.”

Miho Imada
Imada Shuzo Brewery, Hiroshima Prefecture
Imada Shuzo was founded in the first year of the Meiji Restoration, 1868, in Akitsu in Hiroshima Prefecture. Akitsu has the oldest sake-brewing history in Hiroshima, stretching back 400 years, and is still one of the most significant sake-brewing regions in Japan. It is consistently among the top six prefectures nationwide in terms of annual sake production. After realizing her father’s brewery had no successor Miho “saw no other option outside of taking over the family business.” Miho said, “It was then that sake brewing and its relationship to Japanese culture became interesting to me.” 

Yoshiko Sato
Kaetsu Brewery, Niigata Prefecture
Founded in 1880, Kaetsu brewery uses local rice, and water as well as traditional techniques and blind tasting methods. These efforts have won Kaetsu the gold medal in the National New Sake Tasting Contest in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004. The brewery is owned by Dr. Shunichi and Mrs. Yoshiko Sato, and both have been brewing sake for many years. Both of them also come from sake brewing families and have four different brewing families’ blood flowing through their veins.

Tetsuyasu Sato
Takasago Shuzo, Hokkaido Prefecture
Takasago Shuzo was originally established in 1899 in Asahikawa City in Hokkaido, under the name Kohiyama Shuzo (the family name). In 1965, Kohiyama merged with another sake brewer in Asahikawa, and changed the company name, as well as the name of the sake, to Takasago. Each year, after the temperature drops, the brewers build an Ice Dome outside (the only brewery to do this). The igloo keeps the sake being brewed inside very cold, which does not allow bacteria to survive, and allows them to make clean, pure, super premium sake. 

About John Gauntner

John Gauntner is recognized as the world’s leading non-Japanese sake expert. Originally hailing from Ohio, he worked in his original vocation as an electrical engineer in Japan before fate pulled him, although hardly kicking and screaming, into the sake world.

More About John

A longtime Japan resident, he both speaks and reads Japanese fluently, and is well known among sake brewers and others within the sake industry as the window to making sake popular outside of Japan. He wrote the Nihonshu Column in the Japan Times (Japan’s most widely read English language newspaper) for eight straight years. He then wrote a weekly column on sake in Japanese for the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s and the world’s most widely distributed Japanese newspaper. He now writes a monthly piece for the Tokyo Metropolis magazine, and has published six books on sake.

Known as “The Sake Guy,” John has been quoted and/or mentioned in sake related articles in countless publications including The New York Times, Newsweek, Forbes, Business Week, and Rolling Stone. He has spoken at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Universities, Wharton School of Business, and countless other venues across the US and Japan.

John is the only non-Japanese certified Master of Sake Tasting in the world, and has also achieved the very difficult Sake Expert Assessor certification from Japan’s National Research Institute of Brewing. No other non-Japanese person in the world has both of these certifications. John also received the Sake Samurai award in 2006, the first year it was awarded. The “Original Sake Educator,” John has educated hundreds of sake professionals through his Sake Professional Courses, including the owner/operators of many of the sake-centric stores in the US, Germany and other locales. John has also spoken at Morikami numerous times, and we are glad to welcome him back once again.

Who benefits from this event?

Your sake experience will help fund an excursion to Japan for over 6,000 children.  Many will visit a Japanese home and meet the Yamato pioneers who grew pineapples in Boca Raton 110 years ago. Simple Japanese greetings will be practiced and shared. They’ll sit in a Japanese classroom and window shop in old Miyazu. While exploring historic Japanese gardens, the children will discover brilliant bonsai trees as old as 400 years.

 Over 500 of these children are from low-income homes. They spend summer not travelling the world, but enrolled in a summer camp provided by one of the area’s crucial social service agencies serving disadvantaged children.  

Your participation will help fund the buses that bring children to the Morikami.  Our staff and volunteers provide the imagination to transport them to Japan.  This year’s goal is to take 7,000 children around the world and bring them back with a heightened awareness of history, an appreciation of another culture, and some awesome vacation memories to write about in class.

Let’s set these children on the road to a lifetime of discovery! 

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Admission is limited

World Bonsai Day

Join us for our Fourth Annual World Bonsai Day as we celebrate this important Japanese art, and our world-class bonsai collection – which was named a World Bonsai Friendship Federation Cooperation Center in 2013. World Bonsai Day remembers the legacy of bonsai master Saburo Kato, a key figure in the modern history of bonsai. Visit us and learn more about Mr. Kato’s influence as well as the art of bonsai. All activities are FREE with paid museum admission.

Schedule of Events

Bonsai Demonstrations
11am & 1pm

Join our Bonsai specialists for demonstrations on how to care for your bonsai at home, as well as how we keep our living collection going strong.

Bonsai Clinic
All Day

Bring your ailing bonsai to our tree clinic and let the experts give you some advice.

Dr. Ron & Arlene Kessler Bonsai Walk Tours
12pm & 2pm

Take a docent-led tour through our bonsai walk exhibition and learn a little more about the individual trees on display as well as the history of the collection.

Bonsai Shopping
All Day

Purchase your very own bonsai, and accessories to help support the growth and maintenance of our bonsai collection.

T-shirt Sales
All Day

Take home the memories of World Bonsai Day with a t-shirt! Proceeds benefit our bonsai collection.

Bonsai Exhibit
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Oshogatsu: A New Year’s Celebration

About Morikami’s New Year’s Celebration

The New Year is Japan’s most important and celebrated holiday. We ring in our 39th annual New Year’s celebration with the tastes, sights and sounds that define the traditional Japanese New Year as well as our own.

Purchase discounted tickets —online only— beginning Black Friday, November 25th at midnight!
  • adults (ages 11+)  $12
  • children (ages 4-10)  $6
Ticket prices at the door on event day:
  • adults (ages 11+)  $15 at the gate
  • children (ages 4-10) $10 at the gate
FREE for museum members and children 3 & under

Tickets are non-refundable and Oshogatsu is a rain or shine event

The Tasting Room

Enjoy general admission PLUS access to the limited-entry Oshogatsu Tasting Room including samples of rare, high-end sake, Japanese beer, sake cocktails, sake Q&A sessions with a certified sake specialist, and more. Check out the Tasting Room tab to the left for details.

To do at Oshogatsu
  • DIY Daruma Wall
  • Open-air Koto and Taiko Performances
  • Mochi Pounding
  • Oshogatsu t-shirts courtesy of the Fine Print Shoppe, and more!

About the Japanese Zodiac

The zodiac was introduced to Japan from China and there are several tales of how the animals were selected and in what order. One of the most popular stories finds Buddha calling all the animals of the world to come to him on New Year’s Day. As a reward, he promises each one a gift. Only twelve animals came and each one was given the honor of having a year named for them. Their arrival time marks their esteemed position in the twelve-year cycle with the rat always first and the boar forever last.

This year, we’ll celebrate the Year of the Rooster for those born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017!

What is Oshogatsu?

The New Year is Japan’s most important and celebrated holiday. We’ll ring in our 39th annual New Year’s celebration with the tastes, sights and sounds that define the traditional Japanese New Year as well as our own.

Admission Prices

Purchase in advance and save, beginning November 25th!

  • Adults: $12 (ages 11+)
  • Children: $6 (ages 4-10)
  • Tasting Room (includes admission price): $30/Morikami members, $35/non-members

At the door:

  • Adults: $15  (ages 11+)
  • Children: $10  (ages 4-10)

We accept cash and credit at admissions – but remember, cash lines move faster!

Museum members and children 3 and under are admitted to the festival for FREE!

Are you a Morikami member?

Morikami members get in FREE and do not need to reserve tickets to the festival. However, members must reserve tickets to the Tasting Room online, in advance. Please bring your membership card and ID to festival admissions and you will be granted entry to the festival. Not sure if your membership covers your Oshogatsu guests? We’re here to help! Email morikamimembers@pbcgov.org.

About your ticket purchase:

  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • Group, student and senior discounts are not available for this event.
  • Tasting Room purchasers must be 21 or over, we I.D.
  • Oshogatsu is a rain or shine event.

The Tasting Room

Morikami and Stacole Fine Wines are bringing you an Oshogatsu experience to remember! Tasting Room guests will enjoy general admission PLUS access to our limited-entry Oshogatsu Tasting Room. Tasting room packages include:

  • Samples of rare, high-end sake, Japanese beer and a sake cocktail – each tasting room guest will receive 10 drink tickets (One ticket = One 2oz sample)
  • Japanese snacks from the Museum Store
  • Sake Q&A sessions with a certified sake specialist
  • A pair of tickets to one of our five Sushi & Stroll evenings (May – September 2017)
  • Automatic raffle entry to win a one-year Morikami membership
  • $30/person for Morikami members and $35/person for non-members.

Please note: purchasers must be 21 or over – we I.D.

About the Sake Specialist

Sake Specialist, Midori Roth, will be our guest in the Tasting Room and available throughout the event to answer your questions as well as give you some background and more info on our sake and beer offerings. Midori grew up in the sake business, initially working as a “little helper” at her uncle’s brewery located in Aichi prefecture, Japan. She obtained a degree in marketing/sales from the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds School of Business in 2002, and in 2007 obtained her professional certification. She has served as a sales manager for a renowned sake importer and further honed her skills as a sake sommelier at high-profile Japanese restaurants throughout Miami (including Zuma). She has also served several restaurants nationwide as staff trainer for sake brands. Japanese-born, Midori has spent her life studying sake.

There’s lots to see and do at Oshogatsu! See below for the day’s activities (subject to change).

Entertainment

Experience the roar of taiko by Fushu Daiko, the playful shishimai lion dance, our signature mochitsuki, or rice-pounding ceremony, and open air koto performances.

Shishimai Stage
Fushu Daiko welcomes the New Year with Shishimai, the Lion Dance, to the beat of taiko drums!

Koto Stage
Enjoy musical performances by Friends of Koto!

Scheduled Activities

Mochitsuki
Experience our signature rice-pounding ceremony to make mochi, traditional and auspicious New Year’s rice cakes on Festival Grounds.

Tea Ceremony
Observe the peace and quietude that accompanies sado, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the Yamato-kan.

Japanese Gardens 101
Get an introduction and an inside look into one of the six historic gardens of Roji-en. Meets in the lobby.

Bonsai Demonstrations on festival grounds
Watch our experts trim a tree and learn how to take care of your very own.

All Day Activities

Enjoy games and crafts for kids and adults alike – try your hand at hanetsuki, Japanese badminton, discover what lies ahead at our Japanese fortune-telling, or Omikuji, booth ($1), and much more!

Pick up your exclusive Oshogatsu t-shirt!

Have our official 2017 design screen-printed on a t-shirt at the Fine Print Shoppe booth. Bring your own t-shirt (we recommend a light colored shirt) and screen-printing is FREE for the first shirt ($5 per shirt per each additional shirt brought from home).
Don’t have a shirt to bring? No problem! You can purchase a shirt with our design for $10.

Exhibits @ Oshogatsu

On Yamato Island
Explore Morikami’s bonsai collection and the exhibitions Japan Through the Eyes of a Child and The Yamato Colony: Pioneering Japanese in Florida

 

Food and Beverage Tickets

In order to accommodate the large amount of guests at the festival, festival food vendors, the beer garden and sake station accept only food and beverage tickets as payment. Food and beverage tickets are available for purchase on festival grounds. Each ticket is equal to $1 and may be purchased by cash or credit card. ATMs are also available on site. The Cornell Café accepts food and beverage tickets in addition to cash.

Kirin Beer Garden

Stop by our Kirin Beer Garden, located on festival grounds, featuring one of Japan’s most prominent and respected breweries. Dating back to 1888, the name Kirin has become synonymous, in Japan and around the world, with beer of the highest quality. Choose from a selection of Kirin Light or Kirin Ichiban available in bottles and on draft.

Cornell Café

The open-air café serves Pan-Asian classics on a terrace overlooking the gardens. The Cornell Café will offer an abridged a-la-carte menu during the festival, but on regular days you can try any of the full menu’s delectable offerings.

Sake Station

Our Sake Station, courtesy of Stacole Fine Wines, offers a variety of premium Japanese sake as well as tasting notes. Can’t choose just one? Our Sake Flight lets you try three!

Festival Food Vendors

On the festival grounds enjoy a variety of Pan-Asian and all-American favorites cooked on site by our festival food vendors. Check back soon for the full festival menu.


The Basics

  1. When do the gates open and close?
    The event gates open at 10am and close at 5pm.
  2. Where are you located?
    We are located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, just off of Jog Road between Linton Blvd. and Clint Moore Rd.
  3. What happens if it rains?
    We are here rain or shine!
  4. Do you have activities for kids?
    Yes, we have plenty! Kids can enjoy games, craft activities, and our interactive exhibit Japan Through the Eyes of a Child at the Yamato-kan building.
  5. Do you have first-aid available?
    Yes, first-aid will be available on site and indicated in the event program map.
  6. Do you provide wheelchairs for guests?
    Unfortunately, we are unable to provide wheelchairs for guests at Oshogatsu. We encourage guests in need of wheelchairs to bring their own on festival days.
  7. Do you accept credit cards at Oshogatsu?
    Credit cards are accepted at admissions, the food & beverage ticket station, and the Museum Store. However, the cash only lines move more quickly than the credit lines as our credit card machines rely on remote satellite signal. We suggest bringing plenty of cash or using one of the on-site ATM machines. There are three located on site and indicated in the event program map.

Tickets And Parking

  1. Do members get in free?
    Yes! Members get in FREE to the festival – all you have to do is bring your membership card. The same membership guest benefits that apply to you on a regular day apply on festival day, however, ALL visitors who wish to attend the Tasting Room must purchase a Tasting Room package online, in advance – including members.
  2. If I’m a member, do my guests get in free?
    It depends on your level of membership. The same membership guest benefits that apply to you on a regular day apply on festival day. Please contact our membership department if you have questions about how many guests your membership level covers.
  3. Can I become a member at the festival?
    Yes, if you join at the festival you get an extra month of membership (for a total of 13 months) and get in FREE to the festival.
  4. Do kids get in free?
    Children 3 and under are admitted free.
  5. Do you have student, senior citizen or military discounts for tickets?
    Sorry, no discounts are offered for festival admission.
  6. Can I get a refund for my online ticket if I can’t attend?
    Unfortunately, ticket sales are final and non-refundable.
  7. How does parking work and how much does it cost?
    Parking is FREE and our on-site staff will direct you to an available space.
  8. Is there handicap parking?
    Yes, handicap parking is available. Please bring your handicap decal and display it visibly on your rearview mirror.

Food And Drink

  1. Can I bring my own food and beverages?
    We do not allow any coolers on the festival grounds. However, we have plenty of food and beverage vendors on festival grounds.
  2. Do you sell alcohol?
    Yes, we have beer, wine, plum wine and sake available on-site.
  3. Will the Cornell Café be open?
    Yes, the Cornell Café is open and serving a special festival menu.
  4. What kind of food is available on the grounds?
    Puffs and Stuff, our festival food vendor offers both Pan-Asian and American classics.

Lantern Festival in the Spirit of Obon

Tickets for the event are SOLD OUT! Morikami members and non-members must present their purchased tickets for entry – no tickets will be sold at the gate.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 3-8pm*

Join us for Japanese folk-dancing, drumming, our Ennichi street fair and iconic lantern floating ceremony in a fall festival in the spirit of Obon – Japan’s summer homage to ancestors who return for a brief visit to the living.

*Festival opens for members and the general public at 3pm, the museum and gardens will be closed prior to 3pm.
 


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Hatsume Fair


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Celebrating the first bud of spring, Morikami’s largest annual event, Hatsume Fair (April 16 & 17, 2016), transforms the normally tranquil Morikami Park into a unique Japanese spring festival featuring three stages (with taiko drumming, martial arts demos, samurai sword fighting performances, Japanese dance performances and our annual costume and fashion show contest), avenues of artisan booths, plant sales, Japanese street fair food vendors and children’s activities. For our full entertainment schedule, click here. For the complete event program, click here.

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Ticket Sales:

  • Online ticket sales have ended! Weekend passes not available at the gate.
  • At the Gate: Adults $15 (ages 11+), Children $10 (ages 4–10)
  • FREE for Morikami members and kids 3 and under

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Happening @ Hatsume

  • Taiko drumming
  • Samurai sword fighting performances
  • Avenues of arts & crafts vendors
  • Anime @ Hatsume featuring our costume & fashion show contests
  • Japanese craft activities and games
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Don’t Forget Your Hatsume T-shirt!
Pick up your exclusive Hatsume t-shirt from the Fine Print Shoppe under the anime tent! Bring your own shirt and printing is free for the first shirt, $5 per shirt after, or you can buy one on the spot for $10! The 2016 design was by Brian Reedy, check out his site here!

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

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Kirin Ichiban

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Tickets

  • Online ticket sales  have ended!
  • Tickets at the gate: Adults $15 and Children $10 (ages 4-10).
  • FREE for children 3 and under
  • Museum members do NOT need to purchase tickets in advance. Please present your membership card and valid ID at member’s admission the day of the festival and your admission is FREE. Click here to become a member today!
  • Student and senior discounts are not available for this event.
  • Hatsume Fair is a rain or shine event.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.

Food and Beverage Tickets

In order to accommodate the large amount of guests at the festival, festival food vendors, the beer garden and sake station accept only food and beverage tickets as payment. Food and beverage tickets are available for purchase on festival grounds. Each ticket is equal to $1 and may be purchased by cash or credit card. ATMs are also available on site. For a full menu of our festival food offerings, click here. The Cornell Café accepts food and beverage tickets in addition to cash. For the Cornell Café Hatsume menu, click here.

Kirin Beer Garden

Stop by the Kirin Beer Garden, located on festival grounds, featuring one of Japan’s most prominent and respected breweries. Its history dates back to 1888 and in that time the name Kirin has become synonymous, in Japan and around the world, with beer of the highest quality. Choose from a selection of Kirin Light or Kirin Ichiban available in bottles and on draft.

Cornell Café

The open-air café serves Pan-Asian classics on a terrace overlooking the gardens. The Cornell Café will offer an abridged a-la-carte menu during the festival, but on regular days you can try any of the full menu’s delectable offerings. For the Cornell Café Hatsume menu, click here.

Sake Station

Our Sake Station, courtesy of Stacole Fine Wines, offers a variety of premium Japanese sake as well as tasting notes. Can’t choose just one? Our Sake Flight lets you try three!

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Festival Food Vendors

On festival grounds, enjoy a variety of Japanese street fair food favorites cooked on site by our festival food vendors.

Happening @ Hatsume

Hatsume will feature continuous entertainment where guests can experience taiko drumming performances, martial art demonstrations and more! For our full entertainment schedule, click here. For the complete event program, click here.

Entertainment Stages

Tokyo Stage
Experience the roar of taiko at performances by South Florida’s premier taiko drumming groups: Ronin Taiko and Fushu Daiko. Catch Ronin Taiko on Saturday, and Fushu Daiko on Sunday. Also, don’t miss the costume contest (Saturday) and fashion show (Sunday) on the Tokyo stage! Whether you’re just there for the show or in it to win it these contests are a blast!

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Kyoto Stage
Our Kyoto stage features samurai sword fighting performances and boot camps, as well as martial arts demonstrations from a wide variety of ancient disciplines. These demonstrations will give you an introduction to a variety of styles and showcase local students of all ages.

All Weekend Long

Anime @ Hatsume
Enjoy a variety of anime offerings, shop an array of anime vendors and dealers, take a picture with your favorite anime characters and superheroes, and strut your stuff at the costume or fashion show contests on the Tokyo Stage!

Hatsume Marketplace
Shop dozens of artisan, craft and plant vendors on festival grounds and Morikami’s distinctive Museum Store – including the Sweet Shop – inside the museum building.

Activities @ Hatsume
Check out our festival activities area for festival games, Japanese crafts and more!

Anime @ Hatsume brings you anime vendors and artists, our annual Costume Contest, and our Hatsume Fashion Show!

Costume Contest & Fashion Show

Hatsume Costume Contest
For five years and counting, visitors have come to Hatsume decked out as their favorite anime, video game, TV and movie characters to compete in our Costume Contest. The Costume Contest will be held on Saturday, and is one of the most popular events of the day. Come strut your stuff with us, and compete for great prizes from Morikami, Tate’s and the 3000 Brigade.

Costume Contest Rules & Categories

Hatsume Fashion Show Contest
Walk the runway in your best Lolita, Decora or Morikami-inspired ensemble in our annual Fashion Show Contest! Contests are sponsored by Tate’s Comics and hosted by the 3000 Brigade. The Fashion Show Contest will be held on Sunday , and is one of the most popular shows of the day! Show us what you’ve got and compete for great prizes from Morikami, Tate’s and the 3000 Brigade.

Fashion Show Contest Rules & Categories

Hatsume Fair is proud to welcome the following artists and vendors in 2016!

For Selected Vendors:

EVENT SET UP AND BREAKDOWN

  • Participants are strongly encouraged to set up on Friday, April 15, between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Participants are not permitted on the grounds after 4:00pm on Friday, April 15.
  • Vendor check-in will re-open at 8am on Saturday, April 16 and all booths must be completely set up before 10:30am that day. Vendors will be allowed on festival grounds at 9:30am on Sunday, April 17.
  • Breakdown begins after 6:00pm on Sunday, April 17 and must be completed by 8:00pm.

Arts & Crafts Vendors at Hatsume

Morikami welcomes a variety of plant and craft vendors to Hatsume Fair each year. Our vendors offer a variety of handcrafted items including jewelry, handbags, home decor, artwork, toys and more. Our plant vendors offer a selection of bonsai trees, orchids, and other rare flowers. We’ll also welcome a variety of Anime Dealers, rounding out the Hatsume Marketplace as a varied and exciting shopping experience! Vendors do not necessarily accept credit cards. ATMs are available on site.

2016 Arts & Craft Vendor Applications Are Now Closed!

Hatsume Fair celebrates the first bud of spring and offers an extraordinary opportunity for vendors to showcase their artistic specialty to an anticipated 13,000 attendees.

Hatsume Welcomes the Following Arts & Craft Vendors in 2016!

For Selected Vendors:

EVENT SET UP AND BREAKDOWN

  • Participants are strongly encouraged to set up on Friday, April 15, between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Participants are not permitted on the grounds after 4:00pm on Friday, April 15.
  • Vendor check-in will re-open at 8am on Saturday, April 16 and all booths must be completely set up before 10:30am that day. Vendors will be allowed on festival grounds at 9:30am on Sunday, April 17.
  • Breakdown begins after 6:00pm on Sunday, April 17 and must be completed by 8:00pm.

Please note booths are NOT permitted to be broken down prior to 6:00pm on Sunday, April 17 for any reason.

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The Basics

  1. What is Hatsume?
    Hatsume celebrates the first bud of spring at Morikami. 2016 marks our 37th annual celebration. Over this weekend festival we present a variety of entertainment from taiko drumming to costume contests. As a signature of Hatsume Fair, we welcome more than 30 artists, craft and plant vendors as well as anime and comic dealers.
  2. When do the gates open and close?
    The event gates open at 11am and close at 6pm on both days.
  3. Where are you located?
    We are located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, just off of Jog Road between Linton Blvd. and Clint Moore Rd.
  4. What happens if it rains?
    We are here rain or shine!
  5. Do you have activities for kids?
    Yes, we have plenty! Kids can enjoy games, craft activities and more.
  6. What’s a costume contest?
    For seven years and counting, visitors have come to Hatsume decked out as their favorite anime characters to compete in our Cosplay Contest. In a costume contest, participants just show off their costume, no play-acting required. The costume contest will take place Saturday. We will also hold a fashion show for participants to show off their best lolita, decora, anime and kimono-inspired outifts on Sunday.
  7. Where can I find out more about entertainment at Hatsume?
    Visit the To Do section of the Hatsume page to learn about the entertainment offerings on all of our stages.
  8. Do you have first-aid available?
    Yes, Delray Medical will be on site to administer first-aid.
  9. Do you provide wheelchairs for guests?
    Unfortunately, we are unable to provide wheelchairs for guests at Hatsume. We encourage guests in need of wheelchairs to bring their own on festival days.

Admissions And Parking

  1. How much are tickets? When do you stop selling advance tickets?
    Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids when purchased online and in advance. Online ticket sales end the Friday before the event. Tickets at the gate are priced as follows:
    – $15 for adults (ages 11+)
    – $10 for kids (ages 4-10)
    – FREE for members and kids 3 and under
  2. If I bought my ticket online, what do I need to bring to the festival?
    If you bought your tickets online, bring a print-out of the ticket that was sent to you via email. If you are unable to print your ticket you may also bring a photo ID to the advance ticket purchase line and we will look up your order.
  3. Do members get in free?
    Yes! Members get in FREE – all you have to do is bring your membership card. The same membership guest benefits that apply to you on a regular day apply on festival day.
  4. If I’m a member, do my guests get in free?
    It depends on your level of membership. The same membership guest benefits that apply to you on a regular day apply on festival day. Need help figuring out who’s covered on your membership? Email or call our membership department at 561-233-1315.
  5. Can I become a member at the festival?
    Yes, if you join at the festival you get one extra month (13 month membership) and you get in FREE to Hatsume that day.
  6. Do kids get in free?
    Children 3 and under are admitted free, otherwise children ages 4-10 pay $10 at the gate.
  7. Do you accept credit cards?
    Credit cards are accepted at the admissions gate, at the food & beverage ticket station, and the Museum Store. Credit cards are no longer accepted at the Cornell Café. While some vendors accept credit cards, many of our vendors only accept cash. We suggest bringing plenty of cash or using one of the on-site ATM machines. There are three located on site: at the anime tent, sake station, and lobby.
  8. Do you have student, senior citizen or military discounts for tickets?
    Sorry, no discounts are offered at festivals.
  9. Can I get a refund for my online ticket if I can’t attend?
    Unfortunately, online ticket sales are final and non-refundable. However, your tickets are transferable if you would like to give your tickets to someone else.
  10. How does parking work and how much does it cost?
    Parking is FREE and our on-site staff will direct you to an available space.
  11. Is there accessible (handicap) parking?
    Yes, accessible (handicap) parking is available. Please bring your disabled parking decal or permit and display it visibly on your rearview mirror.

Food And Drink

  1. Can I bring my own food and beverages?
    We do not allow any outside food or coolers on the festival grounds. However, we have plenty of food and beverage vendors on festival grounds.
  2. Do you sell alcohol?
    Yes, we have beer, wine, plum wine and sake available on-site. We ID.
  3. Is the Cornell Café open?
    Yes, the Cornell Café is open and serving a special festival menu.
  4. What kind of food is available on the grounds?
    Puffs and Stuff,our festival food vendor, offers both Pan-Asian and American classics.

Hatsume Vendors

  1. Who are your vendors?
    We welcome plant and craft vendors as well as anime dealers to Hatsume each year. Craft vendors’ merchandise must be hand-crafted. We also reserve a limited amount of tables under our anime tent for aspiring artists to sell their original prints, paintings, comics, etc. Artist tables are not open to artists who sell clothing and accessories.
  2. How can I become a vendor at Hatsume?
    If you are a plant vendor, anime dealer, artist or craft vendor who makes and sells original work. Our vendor applications are available online in advance of the festival. Please check the vendors tab for more info.
  3. I would like to be a vendor. Is it too late?
    Applications for 2016 are closed. Please check back in November for the 2017 application.

World Peace Through Ikebana

2016 Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition & Demonstration


SCHEDULE:

Saturday & Sunday, February 6 & February 7, 2016

10:00am–5:00pm: Explore a vivid display of Ikebana, Japanese flower design in the Morikami lobby.
(FREE with paid museum admission)

Monday, February 8, 2016

10:30am: Doors Open

10:30am–3:30pm: Ikebana exhibition in lobby
(FREE with paid ticket to demonstration)

11am–1:30pm: Buffet lunch served at the Cornell Café
($20 in advance | $25 at the door, if available)

1:30–3:00pm: Ikebana Demonstration by Soei Chieko Mihori
($30 in advance | $35 at the door, if available)

TO PURCHASE TICKETS:

Space for lunch and demonstration are limited. For more information contact Chieko Mihori at 561-278-3614 or e-mail chieko.mihori@gmail.com

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