The unofficial start of South Florida’s summer is set for May 3 as the Morikami opens the gardens’ gate in the early evenings for the ever-popular Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks at the Morikami. One of the more popular events held at the gardens, the Morikami has been hosting these summer strolls through the gardens for 10 years now, five each summer (May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, and September 6) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., giving visitors a chance to experience the gardens as the waning hours of daylight are splashed across the exotic landscape.
The tranquil setting of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is the perfect backdrop to spend a summer afternoon. Guests can enjoy the gardens at their leisure, exploring the six distinct gardens at their own pace. For those interested in learning about the gardens and the inspiration behind each unique and distinct section, self-guided audio tours are available.
Adding to the serenity of the gardens as the summer sun sets over the arching bamboo, the Morikami has mixed an array of elements, making the Sushi & Strolls one of the most enjoyable outlets in South Florida during the summer. Fushu Daiko will take to the museum theater for their Taiko drumming performances at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The 20-minute performances cost an extra $2 and seats are limited and offered at a first-come, first-serve basis.
In light of the Sushi & Stroll hitting this 10-year milestone, each month there will be a special theme:
- Starting things off, May 3 is dedicated to “The Beauty of Bonsai,” with a tour of the newly expanded bonsai display and shop.
- On June 7, things flip to a “Sip & Stroll,” for a decided sake-centric evening. Guests will be able to enjoy a unique selection of sake paired with menu items from the Cornell Café, while sake specialist Carrie Becker leads a crash-course sake 101 lesson.
- July 5, the theme gets multicultural with “From East to West: Tanabata Around the World.” This otherworldly festival, Tanabata (Evening of the July 7th) celebrates the meeting of Altair and Vega, “star-crossed lovers separated by the Milky Way and brought together only once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.” The Morikami will mark the occasion with a photography exhibition of Jade Matarazzo, whose images of the Tanabata festivals in São Paulo, Brazil depict how Japanese traditions have taken hold far from the Pacific archipelago.
- Just as the summer temps begin to reach their full force, the Morikami counters the insufferable heat with some shaved ice, as the August 2 theme takes on “Summer in Japan.” The sites, sounds and tastes of summertime Japan will be in full swing as guests walk the trails with yo-yo balloons, and the above mentioned shaved ice. Did we mention shaved ice?
- For the final Sushi & Stroll of the season, the Morikami reminds all that the school year has once again begun with the theme “Fall into Learning at Morikami,” on September 6. Highlighting the newest and latest educational offerings for the new school year, guests can explore and museum and gardens as if on a field trip and learn all about Japan from a child’s-eye-view.
Admission is $8, $6 for children (free for members and children under three). Café items are not included in the admission price.
For more information, please call 561-495-0233.
4000 Morikami Park Rd.
Delray Beach, FL 33446