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Get Ready For The Morikami’s 32nd Annual Bon Festival, Sushi & Stroll, Family Fun Programs And More During The Month Of August

July 21, 2009

lanternsDelray Beach, FL – Family activities abound during the month of August at The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Escape the heat and peruse the galleries or take part in a hands-on activity. Also enjoy the outdoors during the evening hours at the 32nd annual Bon Festival and another wildly popular summer activity - Sushi & Stroll. As an added bonus, The Morikami is offering a new Summer Pass for only $25!

With a Summer Pass, visitors will gain free admission to The Morikami through September, including Sushi & Stroll and the Bon festival. The Pass is also good for 10 percent off in the Cornell Café and Museum Store. It can be purchased at the Museum or online at There are a limited amount of available Passes and they will be sold first come, first served. For more information, please call 561-495-0233, ext. 290.

modern-romantic-gardenAugust 8, 2009 • Saturday – Bon Festival
Cost:  Adult $10; Children $5 (4-17); Museum members, Summer Pass holders and children 3 and under FREE)
Time:  5pm - 9pm
Location:  Morikami Park – Rain or Shine
(Please note that The Morikami will be closed during normal hours of operation on this day and will open at 5:00pm for the event)
Inspired by Obon, Japan’s traditional three-day holiday honoring ancestors and thanking them for the quality of life enjoyed by the living, The Morikami will celebrate the 32nd annual Bon Festival in one fun-packed evening. Entertainment will include rousing taiko drum performances, traditional Japanese folk dancing with audience participation and a street fair with games. The highlight of the evening will begin at sunset when the lake surrounded by majestic gardens will be transformed into a tranquil sea of lighted lanterns that, in accordance with Japanese custom, guide the departure of ancestors’ souls who have come for a brief visit among the living.  A special fireworks display will cap the enchanting evening.  Tickets can be purchased online at

August 14 • Friday - Sushi & Stroll
Cost: $5 (Museum members, Summer Pass holders and children 3 and under FREE)
Sushi can be purchased and there is a $2 charge for taiko performance (optional)
Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Throughout the Japanese Gardens, Cornell Café and Museum Store
Reservations are not required
Summer nights in South Florida are something special, especially when they are augmented with taiko drums and a cultural backdrop that can’t be beat! Add a cold drink, a breathtaking sunset and a walking path through a tranquil garden, and you’ve got Sushi & Stroll at The Morikami! Stroll the gardens at your own pace and take advantage of our self-guided audio tour.  Excite your palette with sushi from our own Cornell Café, indulge in some shopping at the museum store or tantalize your senses with a drumming performance by Ronin Taiko. Please note that the museum galleries are closed for these special nights.

Family Fun Programs (All Ages)
August 22 • Saturday – Family Fun Program: Marine Dolphin
Cost: FREE with paid admission to the Museum
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Classroom A
Family Fun Programs are for those who want to explore and learn about Japanese culture through hands-on arts and crafts projects designed for the whole family. Families can create projects in an open workshop. For more information, please call 561-495-0233 ext. 237.

Summer Exhibition (ongoing)
Strike a Pose! The Human Form in Japanese Art – running from May 26 – September 13, 2009
Depicting the human form has been one of mankind’s strongest artistic impulses. An especially rich tradition in Japan began with the Jomon Period ancestors of modern Japanese who created clay figures thousands of years ago that appear to resemble visitors from another planet. Since then Japanese depictions of the human figure have been used to express beauty, drama, heroism, morality, divinity, hope and so much more. A 6th century terracotta tomb figure, or haniwa, images of popular deities and other figures that serve as common talismans of good fortune, women of idealized beauty called bijin as depicted in ukiyo-e prints, and kokeshi and daruma, figures that reduce the human shape to its most elemental forms, all appear in the show. Mimicry of the human form by shape-shifting animals as portrayed in paintings, prints and masks, and onigawara roof-tiles with their mask-like representations of ogres, are also examined. In addition, the show features Japanese costume, which also mimics the human form, then molds to it as it wraps the body. Exhibition of Strike a Pose! The Human Form in Japanese Art is funded in part by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation.

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, is owned and operated by the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department, in public-private partnership with The Morikami, Inc. The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach off Jog Road between Linton Boulevard and Clint Moore Road. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for children and students ages 7 to 17 and free for members and kids 6 and under. For more information about The Morikami, its exhibitions and programs, call 561-495-0233 or visit

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