Record visitors attend Hatsume festival at Morikami

DELRAY BEACH – More than 12,000 people recently attended the Hatsume Fair, the Morikami’s largest annual event, which raised badly needed money for Japan relief efforts.

“Through the generosity of those attending the Morikami’s Hatsume Fair, the American Red Cross was able to raise over $9,000 to support those affected by the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami” said Rob Levine, CEO of the American Red Cross, Palm Beaches – Treasure Coast Region. 

The Red Cross had a tent on-site where they collected donations and supplied visitors with information.  The Morikami also hosted a “heart-breaking” moment of silence on both days at 2:30pm in honor of those whose lives were lost or impacted by the earthquake and tsunami, organizers said.

 “Hatsume Fair gave us the chance to reach out to the community and partner with the American Red Cross, Palm Beaches to support the fundraising efforts for Japan,” said Kizzy Sanchez, Marketing and Events Manager at the Morikami. “The tragedy struck close to home for many who work at the Morikami, as well as for those who support or simply love the Museum, so it was particularly important for us to do whatever we could to help on a local level.”

The fair featured three stages of continuous entertainment where guests experienced traditional favorites, such as the thundering taiko drumming by Fushu Daiko and demonstrations of martial artists and bonsai techniques, as well as the modern favorite anime inspired cosplay contest.

Also included were the avenues of artisan booths, anime dealers, plant sales, Asian and American food vendors, the Kirin Beer Garden and children’s activities. New panel topics such as Wacky Snacks of Japan and Kanzashi Hairpin-Making were highly attended and well-received. Hatsume 2011 was sponsored by The Palm Beach Post, Animingle.com and Kirin Beer.

 Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, and explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. 

Visitors can experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive museum store.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit http://www.morikami.org or call 561-495-0233.

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