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).

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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Happening at Hatsume: Karaoke

In Japan, karaoke is kind of a big deal. Whether you’re a salaryman (a businessman) grabbing a drink with co-workers, or just out with friends for the evening karaoke is always a great option. The actual word karaoke comes from kara, meaning empty, and ōkesutora, which means orchestra, but karaoke joints the world over are anything but empty! The invention of karaoke is largely credited to Daisuke Inoue, of Kobe, Japan in 1971. Inoue was a drummer who was frequently asked by his guests to provide recordings of his performances so fans could sing along when he …

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Happening at Hatsume: Costume & Fashion Show Contests

Hatsume Fair’s annual Costume and Fashion Show contests are the highlights of the weekend, but if you’re a first-time contestant, maybe you’re wondering which one is right for you. Don’t fret, we’re here to help you out! Read on to find out a little more about the differences between the two. For those of you not competing, stick around for a few pointers on how to best enjoy these two fierce competitions. Don’t forget to check out parts one, two and three of our Happening at Hatsume series for more! Saturday – …

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Happening at Hatsume: Delicious Craft Beer & Sake Selections

Japanese craft beer has really made a name for itself over the last few years, in part, because opening a microbrewery in Japan is fairly simple as compared to in the U.S., and partially because Japan has a history (and culture) of producing high-quality and hand-crafted products. At Hatsume we’ll be bringing you craft beers from Japan’s very first microbrewery – Echigo! For those of you who are more sake inclined, we’ll be serving up some special spring options as well as a few long-time favorites. Read on for the detailed menu …

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Otagaki Rengetsu – Lotus Moon

Our current exhibition, Poetry In Clay: The Art of Otagaki Rengetsu, is a glimpse into the life and work of one of Japan’s most famous female artists, but why was Rengetsu such a sensation? What made her work so popular and sought after? Read on to find out a little more about this prolific artist, and be sure to join us at our upcoming symposium – with guest speakers Prof. Yukio Lippit and Prof. Sayumi Takahashi Harb – to learn more.

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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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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From the Speaker: David Jackson on His Japanese Cabinetry Lecture

If you haven’t had the chance to check out our current exhibit Japanese Design for the Senses, or if you have and you want to learn more, may we suggest making a night of it? Next week, Morikami will host David Jackson, Japanese furniture craftsmen and expert in tansu, for the first lecture of our 2014-2015 Speaker Series. Jackson has spent years studying, writing about and creating Japanese tansu (or storage chests) and Morikami is proud to bring you his lecture on the history, craftsmanship and influence of Japanese furniture on Friday, …

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Hallowed Trees: The Furniture of George Nakashima

Guest Blog by Susanna Brooks, Curator of Japanese Art “I’m essentially a druid. I believe that there are ghosts in trees, and in a very deep sense the tree is more God-like than man….There is a spirit in tree, bouncing up and down in the grain of a tree.“ Opening this autumn at Morikami Museum is Japanese Design for the Senses: Beauty, Form, and Function, an exhibition that brings together a wide array of works that explore elements of form in Japanese design. Included in this exhibition are four furniture pieces made by …

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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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