At Long Last, A Child’s View Becomes Reality

The ribbon is cut, and now the people arrive!

“Japan Through the Eyes of a Child,” the Morikami’s new permanent exhibit in its Yamato-kan, will welcome audiences this Saturday.  On Nov. 7, children under 17 are free.

When I walked the new exhibit at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, it definitely made me want to visit Japan. I’ve never been to the country, but looking at the maps of its trains and walking through a miniature marketplace made me realize it’s now another stop on my “Bucket List,” so to speak.

Part of the appeal is that there is enough western culture and modernity incorporated into Japan to make a westerner feel familiar, but enough history and tradition to let you know this isn’t Kansas or Chicago or L.A.

One of the coolest parts is peering out the doors and windows of the Yamato-kan from the “living room” and “kitchen” and seeing the Japanese gardens of the Roji-en outside. Almost makes you feel like you’re really there!

Although I wonder if it’s this warm and humid in November in Toyko?

The Sun-Sentinel reviewed “Japan Through the Eyes of a Child” today; take a read by clicking here.

A Japanese home at The Morikami's Japan Through the Eyes of a Child exhibit.
Take off your slippers when you visit the home at "Japan Through the Eyes of a Child."

A Japanese marketplace reimaged in "Japan Through the Eyes of Child"
A Japanese marketplace re-imagined in "Japan Through the Eyes of Child."
A Japanese classroom as seen through the eyes of a child at The Morikami.
Japanese classroom at JTEC at the Morikami.

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