The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

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?

9 Responses to The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

  1. Avlor September 24, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    I’m there with you in your love for things Japanese. When hubby gets his way to go to Disneyland, I will have to have a day from that trip at these gardens.

  2. Sweet Greens September 24, 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    Hi Avlor,
    Absolutely, it is a must see, so relaxing and calm. The food is great too, you will enjoy it.
    Sweet Greens.

  3. Michelle September 28, 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    Thanks for saying such wonderful things about The Morikami. I’ve been their PR consultant for many years, and I love the place and the people very much. For backgrounder info on all things Japanese at the museum, please visit my blog at and join our Morikami Fanpage. We welcome you back anytime. Sincerely, Michelle B

  4. Sweet Greens September 28, 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    Hi Michelle,
    Thank you for visiting Sweet Greens and I will definitely be visiting The Morikami again in the years to come.
    Sweet Greens.

  5. sheila at shecological October 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm #

    I also love all things Japanese. I don’t know when I will get to Florida but I will check it out when I get there.

  6. Sweet Greens October 2, 2009 at 12:29 am #

    Hi Sheila at shecological,
    It is definitely worth the time, when you get to Florida.
    Sweet Greens.


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