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Finding Zen in Southern Florida

July 6, 2009

When my fiance told me about a planned trip we were making to a Japanese garden I couldn’t help but ask him — why?  A little odd sounding perhaps but my reasoning was: “Why were we going to see Japanese gardens after having seen numerous ones in Japan already? What could this garden, located in Delray Beach, possiby have that other places didn’t?”

Being one of the best examples of a Japanese garden outside of Japan was the point of interest. Putting my misgivings aside, I set off on a muggy sunny morning, with camera and sunhat, looking for some real green tea, and Zen at Morikami Gardens.

by Joe May

by Joe May

Japanese history is found within the walls of the Morikami Museum and also in its skillfully designed garden. It is a garden enjoyed by young “enthusiastic” kids and a place used for quiet relection. Pathways gently meander around a central pond, secluding one garden from the other, each revealing a gradual change in form and nature, from the previous. Forms of simplicity and emptiness creating harmony and balance; and order.

 

by Cate

by Cate

Morikami offers a place for reflection, celebration and education: a unique Japanese experience.  Its cafe matches Japanese food with American tastes, and wherever you go through these gardens and buildings, history reaches out; from the the origins of Japanese garden concepts to the story of early Japanese settlement at Delray Beach.

by Cate

by Cate

The entrance fee is not exactly what I would call cheap but compared with other gardens, inexpensive. It’s possible to spend a good part of the day here and when you are finished, head to the cafe for a refreshment. The gardens is also popular with families as well. For more information click here: Morikami  

Caffeinated Traveller

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5 Comments
  1. July 6, 2009 7:19 pm

    A nice visit to Japanese garden with pictures which show the beauty of the Orient, or what you have said Zen.

  2. Cate permalink
    July 7, 2009 2:08 pm

    Thanks rainfield 🙂

  3. June Gelb permalink
    July 24, 2009 4:33 pm

    The Morikami is the best kept secret in Florida!
    After 9/11, it was flooded with people looking for solace and meditation in the gardens.
    The gift shop is unbelievable – beautiful, unique items not easily seen anywhere else, and at great prices. Did you notice the “rain chains” in the picture?
    The Museum itself, which is quite small, has fascinating exhibitions and the signage should be read carefully.
    Soon, there will be a permanent exhibit in its own building about being a child in Japan.
    Although most people go with others, I particularly enjoy it by myself, when I can soak it all up without distraction.
    GO!

  4. don yoshino permalink
    July 30, 2009 7:12 am

    Where else can you find a little Japanese solice outside of Japan….
    The exhibits are authentic. The Gardens are wonderful. The shop has wonderful things for all ages to enjoy….and of course the staff and restaurant treat everyone special.

    • July 30, 2009 3:43 pm

      Thanks Don for your comments
      Not sure if I agree that all the staff treat you special. There were some aloof staff in the souvenir shop when I was there and a snappy sounding waitress running around with a fly swat while were eating. But that was just my experience others may disagree.

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