Why are Dolls a Big Deal in Japan?

On Saturday, March 3, we will be celebrating Hina Matsuri at Morikami with all-day fun for the entire family. But, are you familiar with the significance of Doll’s (or Girls’) Day in Japan? Hina Matsuri (ひな祭り), also known as Momo no Sekku (桃の節句) is Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day in Japan, a traditional holiday celebrated on March 3rd. The holiday’s origin derived from a practice during the Heian period (794-1185) in which families sent straw or paper dolls in small boats down the river. It was believed these dolls became effigies that kept children …

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Back to School – 10 Ways School is Different in Japan

With the American school year now in full swing, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at Japanese school life and how it differs to a typical American student’s experience. In the US, we may view Japanese culture as meticulous and strict, but Japanese students consistently rank as some of the happiest in the world—and their test scores are impressive, too! Here are some of the things that really stuck out to us as unique: 10. The school year starts in April and ends in March, with breaks for …

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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! 

Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss Discover Sake

Our first ever Discover Sake event is just a few weeks away, and there’s no shortage of reasons you won’t want to miss it. It wasn’t easy, but we got down to the top 5 reasons Discover Sake is THE South Florida event of the summer:

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: 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: 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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