The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a part of my life for more than nine years, so it’s always a delight to read and see how people are still discovering it.
Every time I visit, I see or eat or experience something new. Through this blog, I hope to share some of that experience with others who love Japan, South Florida, Delray Beach, culture, art, music, food, education, shopping, film and people — just a few of the things that make The Morikami so fantastic.
If you need a reason to visit, I give you Ronin Taiko.
At 7 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9, The Morikami will kick off its 2009-2010 cultural season with two concerts that you feel in your chest. Taiko drumming dates back more than 2,600 years. Used to intimidate enemies before a war and celebrate at religious ceremonies, taiko is simply “cool.” Playing the big drums is a combination of raw power, aerobic dance, choreography and overwhelmingly, coordinated sound.
Every festival The Morikami holds is packed with people coming just for the taiko. I can’t think of a better way to get the party started.
To buy tickets online, visit www.morikami.org.