Gift of Tea Bowls from Renowned Artist Ohi Chozaemon XI

On January 23, 2019, renowned Japanese potter Mr. Ohi (Toshio) Chozaemon XI visited the Morikami. Born in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture in 1958, he is the 11th in the Ohi yaki (Ohi pottery) lineage of traditional craftsmen. His family craft dates back to 1666 and is best known for producing tea bowls and other utensils used for sado (tea ceremony). He creates his ceramic wares, as his forefathers did, using the soft clay found in the hills outside the town. Each piece is shaped by hand–no wheels are used–and fired in the …

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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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Holiday Shopping at the Morikami Museum Store

With Black Friday upon us, Small Business Saturday right behind it, and Cyber Monday bringing up the rear, the holiday shopping season has officially begun. We may be biased, but we think the Morikami Museum Store (in-person or online) simply can’t be beat when it comes to unique gifts with a decidedly Japanese flair. That’s why we’ve gathered some of our favorite items, best sellers, and great gift ideas into our Holiday Gift Guide here and on Pinterest. Explore the products below to get ideas for everyone on your list, and – a …

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New Year’s Series Part 3 – Special Episode of Vlogs with Veljko: Nengajo

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!   Our New Year’s series is back with a special episode of Vlogs with Veljko. This week we’ll let our Curator of Collections do the talking about one Japanese New Year’s tradition that you can get in on …

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Introducing the Year of the Horse!

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! It’s that time of year, fans, where we gather together with family and friends, reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to the one to come. The holiday season can be a blur of activity, …

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Arts & Crafts Takes on a Whole New Meaning in Our Newest Exhibit

Fall is a busy time at Morikami. From gearing up for Lantern Fest to preparing for the new season of educational programs there are lots of changes happening during the “cooler” months coming up. One of those changes is happening as we speak – our galleries are being transformed from a haven for some awe-inspiring Kokeshi dolls, into a space for outrageous fashion and amazing works of Kōgei  art. You probably already know a little about our Japanese Street Fashion exhibit, but you may be unfamiliar with Kōgei, as it is sometimes …

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Check-In to Check Us Out

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybw_dYZhXPY&w=420&h=315] We all know that Morikami Membership has its benefits, but what if we told you that you could get those benefits at 25% off for the entire month of August?  You read that right – from August 1 -31, 2013 we’re offering a 25% discount on Dual and Netsuke level memberships just for checking in to Morikami on Facebook or Yelp. It’s pretty simple: visit Morikami this August, bring your smart phone and log onto the Facebook or Yelp app. Then, check in and show your confirmation to the friendly staff …

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Morikami Hems In Tokyo Fashion Exhibit This Fall

Harajuku, an area between Shinjuku and Shibuya in Tokyo, has risen to the highest ranks of Japanese fashion. In the late 50s and early 60s the neighborhood was transformed from U.S. soldiers’ housing into a well-spring of youth culture (similar to the likes of Haight Ashbury in 1960’s San Francisco) that solidified into what many call the Harajuku-zoku, or the Harajuku tribe. The neighborhood was overtaken by photographers, models, artists, fashion designers and local youth, and has become the ultimate youth stomping ground. Some of the most visible and popular movements to …

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Setsubun: The End of Winter

by: Reiko Nishioka, Director of Education On February 3rd or 4th (depending on the year), the Japanese celebrate setsubun, the end of winter, with a ritual known in English as the “Bean-Throwing Ceremony.” “Bean-Throwing Ceremony” sounds comical and childish, however, the setsubun ritual has a long history. The first recorded setsubun ritual was in A.D. 706, more than a thousand years later year, Hokusai (Ukiyo-e artist 1760-1849) illustrated a man throwing beans at a demon. What does setsubun mean?  (setsu) and (bun) means division and setsubun means “division of seasons.” Literally, setsubun …

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