Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

The holidays are about enjoying the fun and festivities with family and friends, not long shopping lines and short tempers. So to help our patrons get the most out of their holiday experience, we’ve put together a few gift giving ideas to help lighten your burden during this season of giving. The Green Thumbs Winter in South Florida? Let’s face it, you’re more likely to see an alligator climbing a fence than snow fall on the peninsula. And with nearly year-round perfect weather, there’s bound to be someone on your list who …

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Our Summer Music Program is Major Key!

This summer Morikami is alive with the sound of music as we embark on our second annual Children’s Summer Camp and Guest Artist Workshops: Japanese Traditional Music Program for Adults. Both music programs are perfect for adults and children who are passionate about music and experiencing Japanese culture (from the convenience of Delray Beach).

New Years: How They Celebrate in Japan, and How You Can Celebrate Here

January 1 is not far away. And while we in the United States plan for a ball drop in New York City and plenty of confetti, the Japanese are looking forward to more family-oriented rituals, designed to usher in good fortune for the new year. In Palm Beach County, you can ring in 2016 with Japanese style at Oshogatsu, the traditional New Year’s festival, which welcomes everyone to The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens on January 10. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. CELEBRATE WITH US AT OSHOGATSU …

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Go Global This Shopping Season at The Museum Store

Do people celebrate Christmas in Japan? You bet they do! Since there are so few Christians in the country, the holiday has more to do with fun and festivities than the Nativity. So, if you were looking for a reason to shop the season at The Museum Store, you now have one, along with a wide variety of whimsical, unique and colorful gift ideas. The Museum Store has hundreds of items available online, and more than 4,000 offered in-store. However, we’ve narrowed down the top picks to these six: Click the images …

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The Lanterns of Roji-en

Toro (literally “light basket” or “light tower”) originated, like many elements of traditional Japanese architecture, in China. Originally, lanterns were only used in Japan to line the paths of  Buddhists temples. Stone lanterns were eventually popularized during the Momoyama period (1568-1600) by tea masters, who used them to decorate their gardens. Many different types of lanterns can be found throughout Roji-en. Some are strategically placed just downstream from a waterfall, overlooking a water feature, or lining a path, but all serve mostly as decoration. Here are a few common styles of stone …

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Q&A with the Curator: Who’s Genji?

Our current exhibit Genji’s World Through Japanese Woodblock Prints is open and ready for your visit, but some of you may be wondering – Who is Genji? We sat down with Curator of Collections, Veljko Dujin, to answer just that, and some of those other burning questions you might want answers to before visiting us. Here’s what we learned: Who is/was Genji?  Prince Genji, also known as Hikaru Genji, or the Shining Prince Genji,  was the fictitious son of an Emperor and his favorite concubine. Ever since Murasaki Shikibu wrote the novel The Tale …

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Share the Good News!

We’re thrilled to announce that Delray Subaru has officially signed on as the Presenting Sponsor for Lantern Festival 2013! We’re asking our fans to spread the word by sharing our Saturday announcement on Facebook and in return, one lucky someone will snag some serious Morikami and Delray Subaru prizes. Here’s what’s up for grabs from yours truly: A pair of tickets to Lantern Festival, our sure-to-sell-out fall celebration coming up Saturday, October 19 Two signature Morikami fans, water bottles, mugs, and tote bags $10 worth of festival food and beverage tickets and …

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We Want You!

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to go behind the scenes at a Morikami festival, or if you’re searching for a fun way to give back, search no further – volunteering at Lantern Festival gets you Morikami insider status and most of all, supports yours truly! Volunteer responsibilities range from lantern building to helping out in the galleries and everything in between. We’re looking for individuals, small groups and large groups to help us make Lantern Festival a success. Volunteers are the backbone of our programs and events, so we thank …

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Memories of Bon – A Festival like No Other

This year, Bon is August 14 from 4-9 p.m. at the Morikami. If you have never been, wear comfy shoes and clothes, arrive early and marvel at the mix of humanity – because everyone goes to Bon sooner or later. Buy tickets at www.morikami.org/bon

Nuptials in Nature, Morikami Does it Well

If you’ve ever been to a wedding, overlooking Morikami Pond, surrounded by nature’s decorations, you know how it is. It’s gorgeous, a little sweaty and totally unique.

Next Month, Make A Wish Upon a Star…

OK, wishing on a star is a Disney theme, I know. But it is very fitting for a romantic (but not mushy) pastime at the Morikami. From July 7-14, a bamboo tree will be in the museum lobby for visitors to decorate with their wishes written on colored paper streamers, or tanzaku, which symbolize the weaving of threads. Tanabata is a week of wishing, so to speak, for anything you want the Universe to receive. The activity is sweet and romantic if you know a bit about the back story – Tanabata …

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