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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Modern Hishimochi Recipe 

It’s hard for our staffers to not eat, sleep and breathe all things Japan when our colleague (and resident sweet maker) Amanda, brought in this delicious cheesecake treat! She kindly shared the recipe- we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

This recipe comes from the Aloha State, Hawaii. With one of the largest Japanese and Japanese-American populations in the US, the islands are home to some creative takes on traditional Japanese sweets. As cheesecake is popular in both Japan and the US, this dish is the perfect dessert to carry on the symbolism of the season wherever you are.

5 Morikami Holiday Experiences for the Person Who Has Everything 

We all know that person. She has everything already. He’s so hard to shop for. But… they like to do things, go places and feel good supporting the arts. You’re in luck because we have just what you need to make them happy this holiday season. Here are 5 gift ideas for the person who just likes to have fun! Happy Holidays from The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens!

Help Restore Our Gardens

Dear Friends of the Morikami, Hurricane Irma came roaring through Florida, leaving in its wake a path of devastation and destruction. I hope that you and your loved ones are moving forward and are able to overcome the challenges that this fierce storm created. It is heartening to see our communities pulling together and helping each other to overcome the damages by instituting the necessary repairs. Once Irma had passed the Morikami, staff and I ventured into our beautiful Japanese Gardens and we were saddened to see the level of damage and …

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Headline: 5 Things That Make Hatsume Hatsume

Like your favorite holiday, Hatsume Fair only comes once a year, so let’s plan this out. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait another 364 days before you get to do all of the things that make Hatsume Hatsume. In other words, there is no other festival like it. Hatsume Fair April 1 & 2 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rain or Shine (preferably Shine) Purchase Tickets Here

Speaker Spotlight: Kendall Brown’s Delirious Japan

 How long ago did you begin the curation process for Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945? A: I first saw the Levenson collection on a trip to Florida in February 2005, a dozen years before the Morikami opening. I started working closely with Bob Levenson in 2009, conceptualizing the thematic categories of the exhibition so he could collect works that would bolster these areas.  What inspired you to curate this exhibition? A: I was struck by the great quality of the work, the diversity of media, the breadth and depth of social themes …

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