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The Galleries Are All Dolled Up! Morikami Introduces Kokeshi & Tanabata Exhibits for Summer

We know you’re looking for great summer activities that’ll let you enjoy the great out doors, but give you an indoor option for the unpredictable South Florida weather, and we think we’ve got just what you’re looking for.

This summer Morikami is debuting two new exhibits, so you can come for the gardens and stay for the galleries. Both exhibits, “Wood Be Kindred Spirits: The Kokeshi Dolls of Bob Brokop,” and “Tanabata: Japan’s Star Festival – Views of Tanabata in São Paulo, Brazil by Jade Matarazzo” will be featured in our main gallery from June 4 until September 15. Here’s what you can expect:

Wood Be Kindred Spirits

Featuring one of the largest, never-before-seen collections of kokeshi in the United States, you’ll be delighted by these ingenious wooden dolls. Traditional kokeshi are simple, cylinder-shaped forms with round heads that originated in the mid-19th century. This collection includes a mix of traditional and more modern, or artistic, interpretations of the popular dolls. Whatever their style, these whimsical pieces are not to be missed.

If you like what you see in the galleries, head over to the Museum Store, and take home an adorable kokeshi of your own or any of our kokeshi-themed items.

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Tanabata

Tanabata (“Evening of the 7th”) celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair, respectively), star-crossed lovers separated by the Milky Way and brought together only once a year – on the seventh day of the seventh month. In honor of Tanabata, this exhibit features a selection of photographs by Jade Matarazzo, who captured the Tanabata festival in São Paulo, Brazil, home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan.

In addition to seeing how Tanabata is celebrated in São Paulo, you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in the celebration yourself! From July 5 through the 11 we invite you to write a wish on a tanzaku slip, and tie it onto our Wish Tree in the lobby.

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So, when you’re ready to come take a peaceful stroll through Roji-en, and then retreat from the heat, these two exhibits are the perfect escape.

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