Looking Forward at “Japan Through the Eyes of a Child”

For years, the Yamato-kan was the little Japanese house where you put on paper slippers and learned about early Florida and how Japanese settlers ended up there.

But yesterday, the Yamato-kan officially became more about today than yesterday. The ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiled a new permanent exhibit called “Japan Through the Eyes of a Child,” which invites you to step into a 3-D world as seen by a younger generation.

It’s a classroom, a living room, a shopping area and a train platform, all in great detail and accuracy, so you feel like you’re there – a child in modern-day Japan. You don’t have to be in elementary school to appreciate a day of make-believe. Although a “test” class of chorus singers from Morikami Park Elementary gave it a thumbs-up yesterday, after performing as part of the festivities.

More about this new, interactive exhibit in the next blog… Grand opening for the public is Nov. 7! All kids 17 and under are free! Learn more at www.morikami.org.

Larry Rosensweig and Cheiko Mihori
Former museum director Larry Rosensweig with Morikami trustee Cheiko Mihori

Larry Rosensweig Bonnie LeMay Beverlee Kohnken
Larry Rosensweig, Bonnie LeMay and Beverlee Kohnken walk through the classroom
Morikami Park meistersingers
Morikami Park Elementary singers entertain the ribbon-cutting audience
Rebecca Feldman and Brianna Plasky
Rebecca Feldman and Brianna Plasky, singers from Morikami Park Elementary
Wendy Lo with kanji chart
Wendy Lo, education coordinator at Morikami, with kanji chart in Japanese classroom
Japanese kitchen
JTEC's Japanese kitchen is modern with cultural touches

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