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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Guest Post: Four Masterpieces Joined by the Spirit of Water

Water 水 falls from above, and from below, 水 falls Four Masterpieces Joined by the Spirit of Water By Susanna Brooks, Curator of Japanese Art It is summer, and the rainy season is upon us at Morikami. Rain falls practically every afternoon. The sky becomes dark and the rain falls fast and heavy, culminating into torrential downpours that draw everyone to the windows to take in the stunning, mesmerizing view of water falling from the sky and cascading down the rain chains, nourishing the plants, and dislocating the pebbles in the once-neatly-raked …

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Guest Post: The Girl with a Cat and Other Paper Tales by Kyoko Hazama

Today, we’re pleased to present a guest post from our Curator of Japanese Art, Susanna Brooks. If you haven’t yet had a chance to see this awe-inspiring exhibit, we HIGHLY recommend it! It’s the perfect addition to any summer outing, especially when the South Florida weather turns a little sour. Kyoko Hazama may just be Japan’s most imaginative doll paper sculptress. Using traditional Japanese paper (washi) made from the fibers of the bark of a Japanese tree (gampi), shrub (mitsumata), and various plants and grasses (hemp, rice, wheat, bamboo), a sturdier paper …

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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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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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Vlogs with Veljko – Artifact ID at Morikami

Ever wondered if that object in your home is Japanese? Ever wonder if it might be an important artifact from Japanese art history? We’re here to help! Our Curator of Collections, Veljko Dujin, is back to tell you about a special program here at Morikami: Artifact ID. It’s free for members and just $20 for up to three objects if you aren’t a member. What better way to learn more about your little slice of Japanese history than by picking the brain of our curator? Watch the video for details, and then …

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Introducing Vlogs With Veljko!

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to go behind the scenes at Morikami, our Curator of Collections, Veljko Dujin, is here to tell you. In our new series Vlogs With Veljko, you’ll get the inside scoop on all things collections (the 7,000+ pieces of artwork that belong to and are stored in the museum.) From our new acquisitions to Veljko’s favorite pieces, this new video series aims to give you insider intel on what it’s like to take a walk through the collections vault. This month we’re kicking off with a …

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We Never Get Tired of Toys!

The new Kaiju! Monsters! exhibit at the Morikami Museum is a throwback to a simpler, gentler time, when monsters came in the form of giant lizards or creatures from outer space that tore up cities with their giant feet and laser rays.

Is it Worth the $12?

The Morikami Museum and Japanese need a bit of a sales job for two visitors contemplating if it was worth admission price. The blogger explains why it most definitely is worth $12!

Sushi, It’s Not All About Raw Fish

How can you say about sushi? Quite a bit actually. Reiko Nishioka adds her thoughts on the Japanese dish, which is more popular in some parts of South Florida than hamburgers.

A Bit of Perspective on the Next Exhibit, Please

Fusing elements of abstract expressionist painting with the textural nature of fabrics and the ruggedness of raw clay, Jun Kaneko is a prolific artist who contributed to one, if not the, most innovative movement in the history of American ceramic art. His show opens at The Morikami Dec. 22, 2009.

Susanna Can Tell You What You’re Looking At

Susanna Brooks Lavelle demonstrates her extensive knowledge of Japanese culture during a personal tour. Ask for one if you want to know what you’re looking at at The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

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