The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has served as a cultural bridge between Japan and the United States since our founding in 1977. Our institution stands in solidarity among all who speak out against anti-Asian hate.
The month of May is dedicated to the recognition of the cultural contributions of Asians and Asian Americans to the vibrancy of American history. The arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S. in May 1843 marks the beginning of a particularly rich and unique thread of stories, full of struggle and triumph. At the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens we are honored to celebrate these people and their achievements every day.
In 1977, Sukeji “George” Morikami (1886-1976) arranged to donate his land for use as a park for the enjoyment by citizens of his adopted country. Four decades later, a quarter of a million people a year, from all over the world, visit the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The legacy of George Morikami’s simple act of generosity and friendship continues to have a profound effect on the lives of those who experience the world of Japanese culture through our gallery exhibitions, educational programs, and Roji-en, the Garden of the Drops of Dew.
Learn more about George Morikami and the legacy of the Yamato Colony: