Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

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Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
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The Yamato-kan, a Japanese style house in the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is located in Florida
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Location within Florida
Established 1977[1]
Location 4000 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, FL 33144 (United States)
Coordinates 26°25′33″N 80°08′56″W / 26.42585°N 80.14878°W / 26.42585; -80.14878
Type Art center, Art museum, Gardens [1]
Curator Tom Gregersen
Website Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Bonsai Garden in the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a center for Japanese arts and culture located west of Delray Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The campus includes two museum buildings, the Roji-en Japanese Gardens: Garden of the Drops of Dew, a bonsai garden, a museum gift shop and the Cornell Cafe restaurant, which has been featured on the Food Network. Rotating exhibits are displayed in both buildings, and demonstrations, including tea ceremonies and classes, are held in the main building. Traditional Japanese festivals are celebrated several times a year.

The park and museum are named after George Morikami, a native of Miyazu, Japan, who donated his farm to Palm Beach County to be used as a park. George Morikami was the only member of the Yamato Colony, Florida to stay Delray Beach after World War II. The Museum was opened in 1977, in a building that is now named the Yamato-kan. The principal museum building opened in 1993. Construction of the Roji-en gardens began in 1993.

The Morikami Museum and Gardens host a number of Japanese-influenced festivals each year, including Oshogatsu (New Year's) in January, Hatsume (Spring) Festival in February, Kodomo no hi (Children's Day) in April, and Bon Festival in August.

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  1. ^ a b Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens: About, ARTINFO, 2008, retrieved 2008-07-30