The Morikami Museum in Delray Beach Florida celebrates the 33rd annual Bon Festival!

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The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach celebrated Obon, or the Bon Festival this past Saturday, August 14.  A traditional Japanese observance when the spirits of deceased family members are thought to return to the world of the living, the Bon Festival at the Morikami is always a much anticipated event. 

Those of us who live in Palm Beach County, and Delray Beach, in particular are so lucky to have the Morikami Museum and their beautiful take-your-breath away gardens right in our back door.  Since 1977,  the Museum has given us a peek of what a Japanese villa might look like; let us see the "steeped" in tradition tea ceremony and walk through over 200 acres of Japanese gardens, winding paths, and cross bridges over lakes filled with koi. 

The Bon Festival featured performances of the Bon odori, a folk dance that is supposed to entertain the many spirits. The platform you see below is the Yagura, where drummers and flutists perform.                 

Bon odori dancers

Outside the tent are activities for children, food booths, and many other exhibits.  You can also tour the gardens or explore its latest exhibit, the Kaiju! Monstor Invasion ! located inside the museum.   Visitors wanting to honor their deceased ancestors could purchase lantern sleeves that were lighted and set afloat on the Morikami Pond.  The festivities were topped off by a fireworks display at 9pm.

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                                              Drummers                                             Floating Lanterns to honor Ancestors

If you come down to South Florida and want to spend a day surrounded by peaceful beauty; learn more about the Japanese culture, and relax over lunch as you overlook one of the lakes don't miss the Morikami Museum.  And as a bonus, located just across the way from the museum is another of Delray Beach's visitor and resident favorites, the national headquarters of the American Orchid Society.

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Rainmaker
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Barbara Heil-Sonneck
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Always good to learn something new, I love Japanese Gardens, only had once the opportunity to spend some time in Japan...

August 17, 2010 12:23 PM
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Laura Sampson
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Morikami has been on our to-do list for years.  Next time we'll need to stop instead of driving through the area.

August 17, 2010 08:17 PM
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Kathy Streib
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Anna- I love the traditions behind the ceremonies. 

Rebecca- This was my first year to go.  I was really pleasantly surprised at the number of people who attended.

Barbara- I've never been but the artistry behind the gardens, and even the tea ceremony is serene and graceful.

Laura- Oh, you must!  And don't forget to save some time to go across the road to the American Orchid Society.

August 17, 2010 09:02 PM
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Sharon Tara
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This sounds like a great place to visit.  My husband would love it too.  I bet the lanterns floating is a beautiful thing to see.

August 18, 2010 03:48 PM
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Kathy Streib
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Sharon- The Morikami always draws a lot of out of town and local visitors.  And with the American Orchid Society just across the road it's a must see for anyone who enjoys plants, orchids, beauty and has a camera!  Come on down.

August 19, 2010 07:29 AM
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