Morikami Museum Hatsume Fair

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The Morikami Museum in Delray Beach is hosting its 37th Celebration of Spring this coming weekend on Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th from 11:00AM to 6:00PM. The Hatsume Fair is an annual event that celebrates the return of spring with a variety of Japanese exhibitions and vendors. Visitors will often sport their favorite anime inspired costumes. This is a family friendly event that is worth experiencing.
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There will be two stages the Tokyo Stage and the Kyoto Stage. The Tokyo Stage will hold exhibitions of taiko drumming from the Ronin Taiko and Fushu Daiko groups.

Additionally, on Saturday there will be a costume contest for those visitors choosing to dress in their favorite anime characters. This is a very popular part of the weekend. The fashion show follows on Sunday and it too is worth watching as you will see Lolita, Decora or Morikami inspired dress.

The Kyoto Stage will have martial arts and samurai sword fighting demonstrations featuring local students who have been studying the ancient Japanese disciplines.

Japanese Arts and Crafts vendors will be offering a variety of handcrafted items like artwork, jewelry and home decor. Plant vendors will have a variety of bonsai trees, orchids and rare flowers available for purchase.

If you’re interested in  Japanese culinary cuisine, the Cornell Cafe features specialities that you can enjoy from the terrance  overlooking the gardens. Food vendors will also provide a variety of Japanese street fair food, and the Kirin Beer Garden will serve the famous Japanese beer that dates back to 1888. Sake anyone? The Sake Station will offer a variety of premium Japanese sake that you can try.


The Morikami Museum sits on 16 acres of Japanese-style gardens. The museum opened in 1977 in Delray Beach and was created “to provide authentic Japanese cultural experience that entertain, educate and inspire”. The museum is modeled after a Japanese villa. In 1904, Jo Sakai brought a group of Japanese farmers to what is now northern Boca Raton and they formed a farming colony named Yamato (ancient name for Japan). The goal was to revolutionize agriculture in Florida. Unfortunately, they did not succeed and by the 1920’s the small colony disappeared. This permanent exhibit offers some insight into the history of the Yamato Colony. While the Japanese colony was unsuccessful in South Florida, the heritage remains.

Online in Advance: Adults $12 (ages 11+), Children $6 (ages 4–10)
Weekend Passes Online Only: Adults $17 (ages 11+), Children $11 (ages 4–10)
At the Gate: Adults $15 (ages 11+), Children $10 (ages 4–10)
FREE for Morikami members and kids 3 and under

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Rd.
Delray Beach, FL
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