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:

Valentine’s Day 2015 at Morikami

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day at Morikami. From a lovely garden stroll to a bite of mochi for two, we’re sure you’ll have a Valentine’s Day to remember with us. Read on for more on how we’re celebrating! If you can’t make it in for these exciting events, check out the Museum Store Online for select Valentine’s Day merchandise. In the Museum If you’re looking for a taste of culture this Valentine’s Day weekend, look no further. Join us for a sip of green tea and a sweet as we present a …

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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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A New Face, A Bright Future at Morikami

There’s a new face here at Morikami. She comes to us all the way from Indiana, by way of New Mexico – and Japan along the way – so we are excited to finally introduce you all to our new Chief Curator – Tamara Joy! Tamara has an impressive history of working to preserve and promote Japanese art and culture, and we’re glad to have her on our team.  To help you all get to know her a little better, we asked Tamara a few questions – so without further adieu: Q: Tell us a little …

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We Asked, You Answered: The Top Samurai Movies of All Time

Japan’s infamous ancient warriors are the inspiration for Morikami’s newest exhibit and countless classic flicks. We asked YOU for your favorite Samurai film, and came away with a list of decades-old stand-bys and ultra-modern interpretations.  In no particular order, here’s the final Samurai film round-up: 1. The Last Samurai (2003) Why it topped your list: According to Jennifer, “The choice of actors/actresses was perfect and you could tell the amount of time and precision that went in to making the movie. Also, the sets and scenery are breathtaking and just made me want to visit …

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Guest Blog: Aaron Woolfolk, Director of The Harimaya Bridge

One of our favorite programs by the Morikami education department is our yearly Speaker Series. This month we’re excited to host a screening of The Harimaya Bridge, and a talk by its award-winning director, Aaron Woolfolk. We asked Aaron to share a bit about the film here for you in advance of his lecture next Friday, and he delivered with this wonderful peek behind the scenes at the making of the film. Read on for his one-of-a-kind perspective on the challenges and successes of making The Harimaya Bridge, and join us next …

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2013 in Review : Thanks for Making 2013 a Great Year to Blog!

We want to say a special thank you to all of our readers, and a Happy New Year! Below are some of our blog stats that wordpress helped us put together. We couldn’t have done it without you, so let’s make 2014 bigger and better together 🙂 Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see …

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Delicious Eats & a Taste of the Rice Pounding Ceremony – Part 2 of Our New Year’s Series

UPDATE 1/10/14: Due to extreme flooding Oshogatsu has been postponed until Sunday, January 19, 2014. If you have already purchased tickets you will receive an email with details about your purchase. Otherwise, you may still purchase tickets online until Friday, January 17th at noon. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you all there next Sunday!   With Part 2 of our New Year’s Blog series we want to talk about one of our favorite parts of any celebration – you guessed it – the food. Food plays an important part in celebrating the …

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Special Artist Presentations This Weekend Only!

As a special treat for Member Appreciation Weekend we are hosting two fabulous and acclaimed artists. We invite you all (even if you aren’t a member) to come experience these wonderful artists as they showcase their talent and discuss their work. Sisyu – Calligraphy Sisyu, a calligraphy artist, will conduct a demonstration of her unique style of calligraphy on Sunday, December 15 at 12:30 pm in the Morikami Theater. We are proud to host this incredible talent and give each of you the chance to see, in-person, this beautiful practice. More About …

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Welcome the Newest Member of the Morikami Family

If you haven’t heard the news yet, we have a new Curator of Education! Shigeko Honda comes to us from the University of West Florida where she served as the Director of the Japan Center and the Japan House. We sat down with Shigeko-san for a quick Q&A so you can get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say: Q: What did you do as the Director of the Japan Center and Japan House at the University of West Florida? A: I supervised the Japanese language program, …

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