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Join us for Family Fun to celebrate Tanabata – Japan’s star festival! Kids (and adults!) will learn about Tanabata, and make a wish to hang on our bamboo “trees.”

Tanabata, traces its origins to a legend about the Cowherd Star (Altair) and the Weaver Star (Vega), lovers separated by the Milky Way, that are allowed to meet just once a year – on the seventh day of the seventh month. In Japan, children and adults write wishes on narrow strips of colored paper known as tanzaku, and hang them along with other paper ornaments, on bamboo branches placed in the backyards or entrances of their homes. Mirroring that tradition, visitors can write their own special wishes for the future and place them on the Tanabata bamboo in the museum lobby.

DATES: Wednesday, July 5 — Sunday, July 9, 2017

TIME: All Day (10:00am—5:00pm)

LOCATION: Museum Lobby

Family Fun days are FREE with paid museum admission.

Pre-registration is not required.

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Board of Trustees Meeting

The full Board of Trustees meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted, from 4:30-6:00 pm.* Meetings will take place in the Library at the Morikami.

*The one-hour December 10th Board meeting will begin at 4:00 pm.

The schedule is as follows**:

July 16 (Budget Workshop)
August 20
September 17
October 15
November 19
*December 10

**Board Meeting dates are subject to change.

Morikami at Marlins’ Japanese Heritage Day

The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens would like to invite its members and fans to join us at Marlins Stadium for Japanese Heritage Day as they take on the LA Dodgers!

VIP Special Event Package includes:Japanese_Heritage-T-shirt_

  • Baseline Reserved game ticket in the Japanese Heritage section.
  • Cheers will be led by an ōendan.
  • Includes a Japanese Heritage Day T-Shirt

A portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased through this offer will benefit the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens.

T-shirt giveaway comes in adult sizes only. S, M, L, XL, 2XL and will be distributed based on availability at a first-come-first-served basis. Marlins Park gates open 90 minutes prior to 1st Pitch.

Gift item redemption is located in Section 1, and you must have a valid Special Event ticket. Other seating categories available upon request. Please email for more information.


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Mother’s Day at Morikami

Step out of Delray Beach and into Japan as Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens takes moms away to a place of relaxation and pure beauty. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a relaxing stroll through Roji-en, a special brunch prix-fixe menu at the Cornell Cafe and more!

In Roji-En

Take mom on a serene walk through Roji-en encompassing six distinct gardens, a koi feeding area, Japan Through the Eyes of a Child (an interactive children’s exhibit) and our world-class bonsai display.

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At the Museum Store

Receive a beautiful tropical scarf as your free gift with a purchase of $25 or more*, and enter to win** a Charles Albert gemstone pendant set in sterling silver!

*While quantities last, limit one per customer. ** $175 value, no purchase necessary, you do not need to be present to win.

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At the Cornell Cafe

Treat mom to a delicious prix-fixe brunch at the Cornell Cafe, overlooking the tranquil beauty of Roji-en. Click here for the full menu!

Beautiful Atmosphere
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In the Museum Lobby

The little ones can make a special Mother’s Day craft guided by our education staff, while you make Mother’s Day last all year with a Morikami membership!

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Guests on Woodruff Bridge

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

New Exhibitions Open

View our newest exhibitions Japan’s Robot Kingdom & The Morikami Menagerie: Creatures in Japanese Art

Japan’s Robot Kingdom

June 16, 2015 – September 13, 2015

This exhibition explores Japan’s vast robot kingdom through a collection of vintage toys, figurines, and comics. For the past 50 years, the subject of robots has been an integral component of Japan’s pop culture industry as represented by a variety of media including toys, manga (Japanese comics), and anime (Japanese animation). Most take the form of androids, robots that mimic human form and interaction, mecha, massive robots piloted by heroes or villains engaged in constant galactic battles, and, cyborgs, biological organisms infused with mechanical parts.

Healthcare is a driving force in the robotic industry. In the medical field robotic parts have been incorporated in the form of prostheses, pacemakers and cochlear implants.  Japanese companies are also devoting resources to the development of products designed to benefit the health and well-being of the country’s elderly population. Soft, beguiling robots like PARO, a furry baby harp seal, have the ability to soothe patients by engaging in realistic emotional interactions that can lead to comfort and bonding. Japan’s Robot Kingdom playfully demonstrates how the imaginative interplay between fantasy and science has influenced astounding real-world innovations.

Funding made possible by the Henry and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture.  Our appreciation goes to lenders Rick and Jeanne Newman of, TATE’S Comics + Toys + More, Bennie Albert of Uberscosplay, and the Consulate General of Japan in Miami.


The Morikami Menagerie: Creatures in Japanese Art

June 16, 2015 – September 13, 2015

Animals have long been a popular subject of Japanese material culture and folklore. For example, inherent in Shintō, Japan’s indigenous belief system, is the notion that divine spirits can manifest themselves as animals in addition to other animate and inanimate forms. Also, in Japanese lore, animals, both real and imagined have often been perceived in anthropomorphic terms. Because they are seen to possess certain desirable characteristics, tigers, dragons and carp have long stood as icons of virtuous behavior, while mischievous shape-shifters, such as foxes and badgers, symbolize human foibles. Indeed, in Japanese culture the ambiguity found in the complex nature of humans is often imposed on the world of creatures. While the Japanese macaque, or snow monkey, is seen as a pest that steals food, it is also venerated as a messenger of certain Shintō gods.

Early Japanese art and literature were heavily influenced by the aesthetic traditions of China and Korea. With the introduction of Buddhism to Japan in the 6th century, animal iconography and attributes took on more varied interpretations. Buddhist parables rich with exotic animals and supernatural hybrids came to be favorite subjects in Japanese art and architecture following Chinese models. The shishi, or mythological lion-dog, became a guardian figure at Shintō shrines just as it had been in palaces at China.

During the Edo period (1600 – 1868), Japan’s elite commissioned artists to create works that depicted animal subjects.  Birds of prey were common. Japan’s warrior class saw itself reflected in the ability of such birds to attack swiftly and ruthlessly. Samurai kept falcons as hunting birds and as symbols of military might.  They also collected paintings of hawks to decorate their impressive homes. Tigers and horses were also favorite subjects associated with warrior prowess. As seen in the present exhibition, such paintings, mounted as folding screens or as scrolls, were often created on an expansive scale.

The Japanese people have cultivated a deep consciousness and love of nature and a strong kinship to the animals around them. Even in the fast-paced, technology-driven Japan of today, the bond between human and animal continues to be explored in Japanese comics (manga) and animation (anime). The supernatural creatures of folk tradition and Shintō and Buddhist lore today take the form of nuclear-spawned mutant giant reptiles, such as Godzilla (Gojira), clever and incorrigible robots like the earless blue cat Doraemon, and the shape-shifting mechanical alien beings known as Transformers.

Funding made possible by the Henry and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture.


Robot Day

In conjunction with our new exhibition, Japan’s Robot Kingdom, Morikami invites kids of all ages to join us on July 18th for a day filled with robot-inspired activities, crafts, games and more!

Robot Day is sponsored in part by:






Japan’s Robot Kingdom Discovery Guide

All Day in the Galleries

Parents and children are invited to explore our exhibition, Japan’s Robot Kingdom with our discovery guide! Complete the robot puzzle by matching the different images of the robots on exhibit, sketch a few of your favorites, and learn a little about robots in Japan. Finish the robot puzzle, show it to us at the raffle table, and get a robot sticker!

Robot Giveaway and Raffle

All day in the Lobby while prizes last

Donate to our Education Programs, receive a ticket and get the chance to win a raffle prize!
Also, free mini robot toy giveaways throughout the day while supplies last. Sponsored by Tate’s Comics + Toys + More!


Roll-a-Robot Game

Activity 10am to 4:30pm in the Library

Roll a die to select a robot part – the first to complete the robot wins the game!

Polishing our Roll-A-Robot skills for Robot Day! Join us on July 18th for a day of robot-inspired fun! #RobotDay #Morikami

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Robot Reading Corner

Activity 10am to 4:30pm in the Library

Learn about robots from a variety of books on robots!

Craft Your Own Robot

Activity 10am to 4:30pm in Classroom A

Choose a base, face and parts to craft your very own robot friend to take home with you.


Play with PARO

11:30 am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm & 3:30pm in the Galleries

PARO, Morikami’s very own therapeutic robot seal, will be out to greet guests and teach them how he helps humans feel better.

Meet & Greet with Gundam Mk II

12pm-4pm in the Morikami Theater

Say cheese with a larger than life (and handmade!) Gundam Mk II. (During theater presentations, Gundam will be on break.)


Robot Day Membership Sale!

For sale all day in the Lobby

All membership levels will have a 10% discount. This is a one-day (July 18), in-person sale (excludes Wisdom Ring level).

Presentations in the Morikami Theater:

Learn about K-12 robotics programs in South Florida!

  • 11:00am– FLL teams, Tazbots, Poinciana Elementary STEM Magnet School, Boynton Beach, Florida and TazBot RENEGADES, Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, Boca Raton, Florida
  • 12:30pm – South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
  • 1:30pm – FRC team 4471, Spartrons, Hollywood Hills High School, Hollywood, Florida presentation.*
  • 2:30pm –FTC team 3888, Greased Lightning Robotics, Cypress Bay High School, Weston, FL*
  • 3:30pm – FRC team 1251, Techtigers, Atlantic Technical College Technical High School, Coconut Creek, Florida*

*Robot demonstration on the outside terrace after presentation
FIRST =For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
FLL = FIRST Lego league
FTC = FIRST Tech Challenge
FRC = FIRST Robotics Challenge

About the Organizations:

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

Every year FIRST in South Florida hosts a Robotics Competition where more than 2,000 High School students participate. If you would like to learn more, volunteer, or get involved with the program, please contact Sandra Contreras –

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South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” through the strategic programming of interactive exhibits, engaging community-based camps and events. The Science Center features more than 50 hands-on educational exhibits, a fresh and salt water aquarium, a digital planetarium, Conservation Research Station, Florida Exhibit Hall and an interactive Everglades Exhibit.

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Family Fun: Origami @ Yamato-kan



  • Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Family Fun days are FREE with paid museum admission.
  • Pre-registration is not required.

Join us for Family Fun and Origami at the Yamato-kan! Kids (and adults!) will learn a simple origami shape from our education staff. Afterward, explore Japan Through the Eyes of a Child and discover what every day life is like in Japan.

Wisdom Ring Recognition Dinner (Wisdom Ring Members Only)


  • This event is open to Wisdom Ring members only
  • Dinner will be served on the Wisdom Ring terrace
  • The curatorial team will display the pieces selected at the Selection for the Collection dinner in Classroom A


Please RSVP by March 5, 2015 by entering the information below, or contact Sharyn Samuels at 561-495-0233 x 221

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2015 Annual Business Meeting (Members Only)

We invite you to come hear our vision for the future of Morikami, celebrate our 2014 successes, and thank our outgoing trustees for their years of service. This meeting is also your chance to vote on our new board members. Click here for a list of potential members, as well as those seeking re-election.

RSVP using our online form below, or by calling 561-495-0233 x 211.

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The Art of Bamboo Basket Making with Shōchiku Tanabe

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, in collaboration with the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, present from Japan, special guest artist Shōchiku Tanabe.


  • Tuesday, 10:30am-12:30pm and 2pm-4pm
  • $80
  • Material Fee: $30 (cash payable to the instructor)
  • Advance registration required
  • Students must bring nippers or small garden shears, a pair of non-heavy duty pliers for wire work, and a spray bottle of water.

Learn the art of bamboo basket making from a master artist from Osaka, Japan in this hands-on workshop. Shōchiku Tanabe is a renowned bamboo craftsman whose work has been exhibited around the world and recently at the Morikami Museum in our exhibit, Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan (2013). Be introduced to the history and beauty of bamboo craftsmanship, and learn how to apply traditional techniques combined with contemporary design to create three sculptural bamboo basket forms.


Shōchiku Tanabe, who assumed his artist name in 2008, was born in Osaka Prefecture in 1973. In 1999, after graduating from the Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, at Tokyo University of the Arts, Tanabe took part in a two-year training program at the Oita Prefectural Bamboo Craft and Training Support Center, and today is one of the leading up-and-coming bamboo craftsmen in Japan. This is evident by the many exhibitions showcasing his work overseas, including Golden Week on Japanese Art (Seattle Asian Art Museum, 2006) New Bamboo: Contemporary Masters (Japan Society, New York, 2008), Modern Master (Bayern Gallery, Munich, 2012), Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan (Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 2013).

Also, enjoy a demonstration by Mr. Tanabe on April 4, 2015 and the exhibition Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art from January 31 – April 25, 2015 at the Ruth Funk Center on the Florida Tech campus. For more information visit

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Exhibit Opening Reception (Members Only)

For this special exhibition opening we are inviting all of our members to join us on one night of family-friendly fun complete with a children’s gallery activity, photo opportunities with our guest robot, a meet and greet with PARO the robotic seal, and more! Please note: there will be no reception on Tuesday, June 16 as advertised in the Spring newsletter.


  • Open to all members – please note date change
  • $5 for guests not covered by your membership

Japan’s Robot Kingdom

June 16, 2015- September 13, 2015

In the past 50 years, Japan has played a leading role in technological advancements, particularly in robotics. Robots have occupied an integral part of Japanese popular culture and society for many decades, not only as subjects of sci-fi comics, films, and other forms of entertainment but also as a means of advancing developments in the natural and social sciences. This exhibition explores Japan’s vast robot kingdom by way of a variety of vintage toys, figurines, and other robot forms, including our very own furry seal, Paro, a therapy robot created to calm and comfort those in need.

Funding made possible by the Henry and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture.  Our appreciation goes to lenders Rick and Jeanne Newman of, TATE’S Comics + Toys + More, Bennie Albert of Uberscosplay, and the Consulate General of Japan in Miami.

The Morikami Menagerie: Creatures in Japanese Art

June 16, 2015 – September 13, 2015

Japanese folklore abounds with tales and imagery of myriad fantastic creatures, from mythical dragons to hybrid beasts like the ferocious guardian lion-dogs known as shishi, the magical part dragon, part deer kirin, and a vast array of tricksters, shape-shifters, and supernatural gods and demons. This exhibition presents an assortment of creatures from the Morikami’s own menagerie, and explores the wild and wondrous world of creatures in Japanese Art.

Funding made possible by the Henry and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture.



RSVP by June 9, 2015 by using the form below or call  561-495-0233 x 310