Oshogatsu New Year Celebration _____________________________________
Includes Japan’s customary rice-pounding and making of mochi rice cakes: viewing of the sado tea ceremony, kakizome, hands-on calligraphy: nengajo, New Year's card-making: omikuji, fortune-telling and games like hanetsuki, similar to badminton, and fukuwarai, similar to pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey.
Celebrate 2015 and the year of the sheep on January 11, 2015.
For more information, visit www.morikami.org/newyear.
Hatsume Fair ____________________________________________________________
Celebrating the first bud of spring, The Morikami’s largest annual event, Hatsume, transforms the normally tranquil Morikami Park into a unique Japanese spring festival featuring three stages with taiko drummers, a Japanese tea ceremony, martial art demonstrations, bonsai demonstrations, avenues of craft vendors, and Morikami's unique take on Anime and Cosplay. Also included are Asian and American food vendors, our Kirin Beer Garden and specialty Sake Station, as well as children’s activities.
SAVE THE DATE for Hatsume Fair on Saturday, April 18 & Sunday, April 19, 2015. For more information, visit www.morikami.org/hatsume.
Lantern Festival in the Spirit of Obon __________________________________
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 celebrates the Lantern Festival in one fun-filled evening. Entertainment includes taiko drumming, traditional Japanese folk dancing, ghost stories, and a street fair with games and shop stalls. The highlight of the evening transforms Morikami Pond into a sea of lanterns which, 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 caps the enchanting evening. Save the date for Lantern Festival on October 18, 2014! For more information, visit www.morikami.org/lanternfest.
Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks ___________________________________________
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 Summer Walks!
Enjoy Sushi & Stroll all summer long on May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, and September 12, 2014. Visit www.morikami.org/sushiandstroll for more info.