The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is one of the most important places in Palm Beach County, South Florida. Opened in 1977, this beautiful museum and gardens have since served as a center for Japanese art and culture. In the midst of American culture, this site celebrates the Japanese spirit as a place where you can get a feel of Japanese life.
The gardens have been named after George Morikami, a native of Miyazu, Japan, who donated his farm to Palm Beach County to be used as a park. Visitors get a chance to discover both South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan. There are six gardens- each one unique in itself and different from the others, inspired by varied historical periods and styles of Japanese gardening. You will be delighted as you explore these diverse gardens and imagine the respective periods in history which inspired their creation. Here you will get familiar with various styles of gardening in Japan.
At the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens you can indulge in various activities such as different seasonal events, educational programs and world-class exhibits. The bonsai display, Pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive museum store are sure to be highlights of your visit. There is no better place to experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture in Florida.
Morikami celebrates several Japanese-influenced festivals throughout the year such as Oshogatsu the New Year in January, Hatsume the Spring Festival in February-March, Kodomo no hi Children’s Day in April, and the Bon Festival in August.
The Tea Ceremony event in March celebrates seasonal subtleties. This year’s Hatsume Fair is scheduled for March 23 & 24, 2013 to celebrate the spring season. The event is marked by a lot of entertainment such as taiko drumming, martial arts and dance demonstrations, etc. In addition to these scheduled celebrations, the Morikami also provides an elegant backdrop for hosting your personal and special events such as a sunset wedding or a corporate event in a beautiful and culturally rich atmosphere.
The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens also organize a variety of programs to give visitors an opportunity to learn and explore Japanese culture. The Yamato-kan exhibit “Japan Through the Eyes of a Child” teaches families fun facts about Japan. The event is scheduled on March 9th and April 13th, 2013. Another teaching event is a photo workshop where you spend three days with professional photographer Richard Reddig, learning the art of composing photographs. The event runs on consecutive Saturdays beginning March 2nd, 2013.
The Morikami museum store has a unique collection of authentic items procured from Japan, Asia and America. The collection is never the same nor stagnant; rather it is always changing for better. You can also shop their exotic inventory online here!