Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens: A Link Between Boca Raton and Japan

August 16, 2017 | Admin

Even if you've lived in South Florida for many years, you may not know that there's a direct link between the region and Japan that goes back more than 100 years. Jo Sakai was a native of Japan who came to the U.S. to attend NYU in the early 20th century. After graduating, he went back to home to rally a group that, in his mind, was about to reinvent the way agriculture worked in the U.S. In 1904, they started a farming colony called Yamato ("Japan") in an area that's now part of Boca Raton. Their farming experiments failed and the group ultimately disbanded, but Sakai's innovation forged a relationship between South Florida and Japan, one that has grown in many different ways since. Learn all about Jo Sakai and his cohorts, as well as contemporary Japan, at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach.

The museum's main building showcases an exhibit that walks guests through the trajectory of the failed farming colony step by step. It's also home to Japan Through the Eyes of a Child, a hands-on exploration of what Japan is like today. The surrounding gardens feature beautiful examples of Japanese foliage and animals, from the impressive bonsai tree collection to the ponds filled with koi. Come and explore the ever-evolving museum and gardens the next time you have a free afternoon.

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