I have had a long time love affair with all things Japanese. It doesn’t matter what it is, if it is Japanese, I love it. I love Japanese cuisine, culture, art, design, movies, clothing… the list goes on and on. I mean, the Bonsai Tree, really? Who couldn’t love a miniature Cedar or Juniper Tree? Goodness, I even have a tattoo on my lower back that is written in Japanese. Ha! You know, college?
Every year, we plan at least one full day at The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. This way I get my fill of Japanese cuisine, art, culture, design, and landscapes (including those lovely bonsai trees). The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens opened in 1977 and has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida ever since. It has a fabulous rotating exhibition in its galleries, (you can see the collection here) tea ceremonies performed in it Seishin-an Tea House, and several lovely events throughout the year.
The Morikami Museum’s collection includes 5,000 Japanese art objects and artifacts. The 200 acres that surround The Morikami’s two museum buildings include lovely vast Japanese gardens with an amazing winding path, small lakes full of Koi (my fave), and tons of lovely Iguana’s roaming free throughout the gardens. We had a lot of fun getting close and personal with the Iguana’s, they are very used to people and didn’t mind us at all. We also had a lovely Japanese lunch overlooking the gardens and enjoy a day together as a family. You can help The Morikami grow by donating here. You can see more photos from one of our trips at The Morikami here.
Do you love all things Japanese?