Hatsume Fair 2016: The Best Ever?

#TBT to that time we all came out to Morikami for Hatsume Fair 2016 and had a blast! Now, maybe you guys can settle the argument once and for all, but we’re convinced it was the best Hatsume Fair yet! Between the incredible turnout, the delicious Japanese eats, and a jam-packed entertainment schedule, there was something for everyone to love! Here are our top 10 picks for what made Hatsume Fair 2016 stand out: #10 – We kept it cool. ?       #9 – Anime culture took over the museum and …

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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! 

Happening at Hatsume: Karaoke

In Japan, karaoke is kind of a big deal. Whether you’re a salaryman (a businessman) grabbing a drink with co-workers, or just out with friends for the evening karaoke is always a great option. The actual word karaoke comes from kara, meaning empty, and ōkesutora, which means orchestra, but karaoke joints the world over are anything but empty! The invention of karaoke is largely credited to Daisuke Inoue, of Kobe, Japan in 1971. Inoue was a drummer who was frequently asked by his guests to provide recordings of his performances so fans could sing along when he …

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Happening at Hatsume: Costume & Fashion Show Contests

Hatsume Fair’s annual Costume and Fashion Show contests are the highlights of the weekend, but if you’re a first-time contestant, maybe you’re wondering which one is right for you. Don’t fret, we’re here to help you out! Read on to find out a little more about the differences between the two. For those of you not competing, stick around for a few pointers on how to best enjoy these two fierce competitions. Don’t forget to check out parts one, two and three of our Happening at Hatsume series for more! Saturday – …

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Happening at Hatsume: Delicious Craft Beer & Sake Selections

Japanese craft beer has really made a name for itself over the last few years, in part, because opening a microbrewery in Japan is fairly simple as compared to in the U.S., and partially because Japan has a history (and culture) of producing high-quality and hand-crafted products. At Hatsume we’ll be bringing you craft beers from Japan’s very first microbrewery – Echigo! For those of you who are more sake inclined, we’ll be serving up some special spring options as well as a few long-time favorites. Read on for the detailed menu …

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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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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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What is Obon? Exploring One of Japan’s Most Important Holidays

During the summer observance of Obon, families in Japan reunite to give homage and thanks to their ancestors, who have returned for a brief visit to the living. Many families set up special altars in their homes decorated with food offerings for these visiting spirits, which may include vegetables, dango (rice dumplings), noodles, and fruits. Candles, special paper lanterns called bon chochin, and incense may also be placed on the Bon Altar. Vegetable animals – a horse made from a cucumber or an ox made out of eggplant – serve as symbolic …

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Lantern Festival In the Spirit of Obon 2014

What is Lantern Festival? Last year, Morikami’s much-loved summer event, Bon Festival,  evolved into Lantern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon. In an effort to protect the safety of Morikami visitors and staff, we moved the event out of the often inclement and even dangerous Florida summer months. While Obon is a traditional and religious Japanese holiday celebrated exclusively during the months of July and August, we have preserved the essence of Morikami’s much-loved event and the sanctity of Obon as it is celebrated in Japan, with Lantern Festival – a unique Fall celebration. The 2013 Lantern Festival, our …

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