Arts & Crafts Takes on a Whole New Meaning in Our Newest Exhibit

Fall is a busy time at Morikami. From gearing up for Lantern Fest to preparing for the new season of educational programs there are lots of changes happening during the “cooler” months coming up. One of those changes is happening as we speak – our galleries are being transformed from a haven for some awe-inspiring Kokeshi dolls, into a space for outrageous fashion and amazing works of Kōgei  art. You probably already know a little about our Japanese Street Fashion exhibit, but you may be unfamiliar with Kōgei, as it is sometimes …

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Welcome the Newest Member of the Morikami Family

If you haven’t heard the news yet, we have a new Curator of Education! Shigeko Honda comes to us from the University of West Florida where she served as the Director of the Japan Center and the Japan House. We sat down with Shigeko-san for a quick Q&A so you can get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say: Q: What did you do as the Director of the Japan Center and Japan House at the University of West Florida? A: I supervised the Japanese language program, …

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Celebrating our Elders

You may already know that Japanese culture promotes a deep respect for the elderly, but did you know there is a national holiday to celebrate the aged in Japan? It’s called Keiro No Hi, and it is celebrated every third Monday of September, which is September 16th this year. Keiro No Hi dates back to 1947 when the first “Old Folks Day” or Toshiyori No Hi was celebrated in  Hyōgo Prefecture. As its popularity spread throughout the country the Japanese government decided to make the celebration an official national holiday in the …

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