Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
A study in contracts, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens takes you on a tour of ancient Japanese culture blended with the 21st century. You’ll find breath taking Japanese arts and experience a bit of the culture that dates back centuries. A short drive from Boca Raton, FL, it’s a sure stop for anyone interested in experiencing a taste of the Orient, without visiting the country. The garden contains two separate museums each containing works of art not commonly seen by occidentals, even in today’s world. Even their names speak of the mystery, Roji-and the Drops of Dew. There are gardens of bonsai, speaking to the patience and attention to detail the Japanese give to any the ancient art of beauty, meditation, and attention to the smallest detail.
If you’re a lover of history, take the time to browse through the expansive library, allowing you to experience the Japanese mind. There are a variety of shops and gifts that can help you commemorate the visit. If you have the time, take lunch in the Cornell Cafe, whose entries have been featured on the Food Network.
Depending on the time of your visit, there are many exhibits that rotate through the facility, each unique, allowing a glimpse of a culture most have never experienced prior to their visit. And as always, remember to take plenty of pictures, this is a location you’ll want to remember for years to come.