Delray Beach: Japanese gardens take you to another world

When you enter the Roji-en Japanese Gardens at the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, the stillness is striking. Tall pine trees, bamboo groves, waterfalls and large granite boulders come together to transport visitors into another culture and era. The result is one of South Florida's most unique garden experiences.<br>
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Although the Morikami Museum has been in existence since 1977, the 16-acre Japanese garden, designed by Hoichi Kurisu, is one of the largest Japanese gardens in the United States.<br>
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Visitors follow a mile-long path that takes them to six individual Japanese gardens, each representing a historical period in Japanese garden design between the eighth and 20th centuries.<br>
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About three-quarters of the way through the Early Rock Garden, which is made entirely of rocks, you will find the Yamato-Kan, a replica of a Japanese home that also houses an exhibit about the Japanese Yamato Colony that formed in South Florida over 100 years ago. In traditional Japanese style, everyone who enters Yamato-Kan must remove their shoes and put on paper slippers (Kids love it!).<br>
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-- South Florida Parenting Magazine<br>
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<b>GETTING THERE:</b> The museum is on Jog Road. about three miles north of Yamato Road in Boca Raton and about 2 miles south of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Phone 561-495-0233<br>
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On the web, go to <a href="http://www.morikami.org/">www.morikami.org/</a>

( STAFF PHOTO/CARLINE JEAN / August 7, 2014 )

When you enter the Roji-en Japanese Gardens at the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, the stillness is striking. Tall pine trees, bamboo groves, waterfalls and large granite boulders come together to transport visitors into another culture and era. The result is one of South Florida's most unique garden experiences.

Although the Morikami Museum has been in existence since 1977, the 16-acre Japanese garden, designed by Hoichi Kurisu, is one of the largest Japanese gardens in the United States.

Visitors follow a mile-long path that takes them to six individual Japanese gardens, each representing a historical period in Japanese garden design between the eighth and 20th centuries.

About three-quarters of the way through the Early Rock Garden, which is made entirely of rocks, you will find the Yamato-Kan, a replica of a Japanese home that also houses an exhibit about the Japanese Yamato Colony that formed in South Florida over 100 years ago. In traditional Japanese style, everyone who enters Yamato-Kan must remove their shoes and put on paper slippers (Kids love it!).

-- South Florida Parenting Magazine

GETTING THERE: The museum is on Jog Road. about three miles north of Yamato Road in Boca Raton and about 2 miles south of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Phone 561-495-0233

On the web, go to www.morikami.org/

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