Happening in June

A relaxing spring blossoms into the highly-anticipated summertime this June at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, with the solstice heralding the beginning of summer on the 21st. Don’t miss out on the exciting goings-on at Morikami this month! 

May at Morikami

This May at Morikami is jam-packed with traditions old and new, from our Sushi & Stroll season kickoff to our first ever “Discover Sake” evening. Read on and make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Happening at Hatsume: The Sake Stage Welcomes Chef Roy

In this installment of our Happening at Hatsume series, we’re giving you all the delectable details about what’s happening on our Sake stage. For the first time in the very long history of Hatsume we’re bringing you culinary talks, Sake 101, and more at the Sake stage hosted by Midori Roth, resident sake expert at Winebow, and Chef Roy Villacrusis of Nitrogen Bar, Grill & Sushi in Jupiter. These two will emcee programming throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday. Read on for full details, and don’t forget to get yourself a …

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Happening at Hatsume: Top Ten Reasons to Get a 2015 Weekend Pass

Hatsume Fair 2015 is just around the corner, and we are so excited to celebrate spring with you all! That’s why we’re putting together a new series of Happening at Hatsume blogs, so you’ll be the first to get the inside scoop on what we’re planning. This is part 1, but part 2 and part 3 are available as well! Maybe some of you are on the fence about whether a weekend pass is right for you – so here are a few reasons you should absolutely get yours today! 10) It’s a …

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Bamboo In Japanese Culture and Art

Bamboo is a ubiquitous part of Japanese culture, and is an important material both in everyday life and in art. In fact, the Morikami’s collection is full of pieces made of bamboo, one of which is a basket made by master bamboo artist, Shochiku Tanabe (see below). In advance of Shochiku’s sold out basket making workshop on April 7, we spoke with our former Director of Education and bamboo expert, Reiko Nishioka, who gave us some insight on why bamboo is such an important part of Japanese art and culture, as well as her knowledge …

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Guest Post – Listening for Rengetsu: Texture and the Poetry of the Multi-sensory

In Advance of her appearance, and as a continuation of our blog series on Otagaki Rengetsu,  Professor Sayumi Takahashi Harb took some time to pen a guest post just for you, our devoted readers, discussing the dynamic artistry of Otagaki Rengetsu, whose work is featured in our current exhibition, and is the focus of our upcoming symposium. Read on for a preview of some of the themes Prof. Harb will touch on in her lecture. A mountain keeps an echo deep inside itself. That is how I hold your voice. – Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi …

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From the Garden Manager: Morikami’s Great Horned Owls

Over the past few weeks a little family has made its home in Morikami Park. Heather, our Resource Development Supervisor (who heads up the garden team) took some time to tell us a little about this amazing animal – the great horned owl. Read up on these stunning creatures below, but if you come to visit be sure to give them their space. They are wild animals after all, and they need the peace and quiet of this place just as much as you do. Morikami’s Great Horned Owls By Heather Grzybek, Resource Development Manager We …

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NEW – VIP Tasting Room at Oshogatsu

This year, for the first time ever, we’re bringing you a new way to experience our traditional New Year’s celebration– the VIP Tasting Room at Oshogatsu! This exclusive experience will give guests the opportunity to taste rare, high-end sakes, beer and even a specialty sake cocktail. Read on to hear more about the offerings in this first-ever VIP Tasting Room at Oshogatsu. Sake When sake was first brewed, over 2,000 years ago, it was served as an offering to the deities, and was revered as a very special and important drink. In …

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Kimono – Japan’s Iconic Wearable Art

It’s no secret that the kimono is one of the most iconic garments in the world. With it’s many layers, patterns, and styles the kimono has become more than just a garment – it’s been raised to the level of art. We even have a few kimono in our permanent collection. We asked our Chief Curator and Cultural Director, Tamara Joy, to give us a quick primer on the history and significance of the kimono – here’s what she had to say: The kimono is one of the most recognizable symbols of Japanese …

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Add Some Artistry to Your Holidays – Japanese Gift Wrap

Japan is famous for its culture of craftsmanship, and one of its most important crafts is paper. So it’s no surprise that the intersection of Japan’s rich culture of gift giving and its love and reverence for paper would be intricate and beautiful gift wrapping. The art of gift wrap, or tsutsumu, is an important part of any exchange of gifts. The paper you choose, the contrast of colors and textures, the ribbon, string or bows you add, and the folds, pleats and designs you create with the wrapping let the recipient know, …

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From the Speaker: David Jackson on His Japanese Cabinetry Lecture

If you haven’t had the chance to check out our current exhibit Japanese Design for the Senses, or if you have and you want to learn more, may we suggest making a night of it? Next week, Morikami will host David Jackson, Japanese furniture craftsmen and expert in tansu, for the first lecture of our 2014-2015 Speaker Series. Jackson has spent years studying, writing about and creating Japanese tansu (or storage chests) and Morikami is proud to bring you his lecture on the history, craftsmanship and influence of Japanese furniture on Friday, …

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