Travel Tuesday: Journey to Awaji

by Jaclyn DeMarzo, Youth & Outreach Coordinator こんにちは!(Konnichiwa!) (^_^) You may have seen some of my other blogs featured in the “Morikami Makes” series where I have introduced okonomiyaki and hanami dango. I hope you enjoyed the recipes as much as I have and if you haven’t tried them yet, give them a whirl! I have spent many years of my life studying the Japanese language and culture as well as four years total living in Japan—one year as a student in the Kanto region not far from Tokyo and three years as …

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Travel Tuesdays: A Traveler’s Wishlist

By Valentina Rizo, Marketing Intern   Hey Morikami Fans! My name is Valentina Rizo, and I’ve been volunteering at Morikami for two years, and have recently joined the Marketing Department as their intern. I was first drawn to Morikami because of the way that the park transports you away from Florida and instantly immerses you in a beautiful Japanese landscape. I’ve always been a nature lover, and I feel at home in the garden. Over the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know the gardens, architecture, and collection …

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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! 

Kit Kat Craze at Morikami

KitKats were introduced to Japan in 1973. However, it wasn’t until 1996 that the first flavored KitKat, almond, appeared, followed by strawberry and orange in 1998. In 2005, regional KitKats that featured the unique flavors of various cities and prefectures in Japan became popular, and the number of flavors increased dramatically. Since then, over 100 different flavors have been produced, and the list continues to grow. Japan is famous for its regional specialties, and KitKats are no exception. Our KitKat exhibit features flavors from Hokkaido (the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands) …

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Kanshasai Omedetou – Happy Thanksgiving!

While Thanksgiving is a distinctly American holiday,there’s no reason you can’t add a little Japanese flair to your feast! We’ve gathered a few recipes that combine Thanksgiving staples with Japanese fall flavors on our Pinterest board Kanshasai Omedetou  – this phrase is about as close to Happy Thanksgiving as you’ll get in Japanese since there’s no such thing as Turkey Day in Japan :). If you’re looking to shake things up at the table this year, we highly recommend checking them out! We also wanted to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! We’re …

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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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Vlogs With Veljko: Growing the Morikami Collections

From art to armor and everything in between, our collections are full of amazing pieces of both historical and cultural significance. But – have you ever wondered how these pieces come to be part of our 9000-piece collection? In this episode of Vlogs with Veljko, you’ll find out how we keep our collections growing – giving you the opportunity to experience Japan’s amazing culture right here in South Florida. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tkoIRZunaI]

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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Valentine’s Day and White Day in Japan

For those of you counting down, there are only seven shopping days left before the much anticipated (or dreaded) Valentine’s Day! In preparation, we talked with Education Director, Shigeko Honda, about an interesting tradition called White Day that sprang up around Valentine’s Day in Japan. Here’s what we learned:  Valentine’s Day first became popular in Japan in the 1960s. Women would buy a number of boxes of giri-choco (義理チョ コ), “courtesy chocolate,” and tomo-choco (友 チョコ), chocolate for her female friends, and distribute them around the office to friends or acquaintances.  She …

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New Year’s Series Part 5 – The Finale: Shishimai & Daruma!

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! As our last piece of the New Year’s series (don’t miss part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4) we wanted to tell you about two of the most popular and widely known …

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