Things to Do at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens

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Japan is 10,354 miles away from South Florida, but there's a special place in Delray Beach, offering  visitors a taste of Japan.

Six days a week, the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens is open to visitors. The living tribute is representative of a unique history shared by the "Land of the Rising Sun" and the "Sunshine" state. George Morikami, a Japanese settler who became one of Palm Beach County's original colonists, donated the land where the museum that bears his name now stands.

More than three decades later, the museum is thriving like its beautiful gardens . Outgoing curator Tom Gregerson has given the last 35 years of his life to Morikami.  He made it a place where everyone can find something to enjoy as they get a glimpse of Japanese culture in Palm Beach County.

Morikami is home to six historic gardens, each one telling a story from Japanese history. Travel the path and you will find yourself on a journey back in time. Visiting the museum can also be a hands-on experience.  In the coming months, special exhibits and classes are offered to museum members and visitors. Karen Myers, a snowbird from Brooklyn, NY said "even if just for a few hours walking the gardens, I feel like I am having a true getaway."

“Morikami offers visitors a glimpse into the fascinating culture of Japan,” said Director of Marketing and Events Kizzy Sanchez Sherven. “For those who want to learn more, our educational programs are a great way get a more in-depth look at different aspects of Japanese art and culture, from sushi making to the art of bonsai.”

The vault is already open and displaying what Gregerson calls "cool stuff."  It features

artifacts from what is called "objects of daily living," items used by Japanese citizens in daily life throughout history.  Some of the featured items include: Okuizome Baby's First Taste, a special set of dishes and utensils used to celebrate a child's first taste of solid food; a bamboo basket

for collecting tea leaves made of bamboo and hemp; and a brazier which is a hibachi made out of a tree trunk from the 1800s.

If you have a taste for Japanese tea and the tradition that comes with it, consider the Tea

Ceremony Workshop or the Sado Omote Senke Tea Ceremony Class.  Both teach the art of tea ceremony and students will be able to prepare a bowl and serve it to guests.

Morikami also offers visitors the opportunity to learn the language.  In the Japanese Nihongo Language

class, offered on Tuesdays in March and April, attendees learn conversational skills in addition to the ability to read and write. There are multi-levels available to students allowing them to grow and learn as much as they are interested in.

To learn more about Morikami and its classes and tours, go to morkiami.org.

Things To See, Things to Do with Morikami

Ikenobo Ikebana Flower Arrangement Class

When:

Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2013, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

How Much: $70 (Members $60) + Flower fee of $60 for all 4 weeks payable to the instructor (Advance registration required)

Where: Oki Education Center

Sogetsu Ikebana Flower Arrangement Introductory Class

When:

Wednesdays, April 3, 10, & 17, 2013, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

How Much: $52.50 (Members $45) + Flower fee of $30 for all 3 weeks payable to the instructor (Advance registration required)

Where: Oki Education Center

Sumi-e Ink Painting Floral Class

When:

Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2013, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

How Much: $60 (Members $55; Advance registration required)

Where: Oki Education Center

Sumi-e Ink Painting Landscape Class

When:

Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2013, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

How Much: $60 (Members $55; Advance registration required)

Where: Oki Education Center

Sogetsu Ikebana Flower Arrangement Class

When:

 Fridays, April 5, 12, & 19, 2013, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

How Much: $52.40 (Members $45) + Flower fee of $30 total for the 3 weeks payable to the instructor (Advance registration required)

Where: Oki Education Center

The I-Ro-Ha of Japanese History through the Coolest Objects in the Morikami Museum's Collection

When:

 Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7:15pm, museum doors will reopen at 6 p.m.

How Much: $10 (Members $7) (Advance ticket purchase required)

Where: Morikami TheaterT.D. Baker


Greg Kabel

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