Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Celebrates 36th Annual Hatsume Fair

Delray Beach, Fla. – Spring is in the air! Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is celebrating the season with its 36th annual Hatsume Fair Saturday, April 18 – Sunday, April 19.

Taking place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, Morikami’s largest annual event will feature multiple stages of non-stop entertainment, including taiko drum performances by Fushu Daiko and Ronin Taiko, popular Cosplay costume contests, action-packed martial arts demonstrations and a Japanese-inspired fashion show.

New this year, Hatsume Fair will fascinate foodies at the Sake Stage, Morikami’s first-ever culinary stage. Highlights include sushi demonstrations, “Sake 101,” “A Day in the Life of a Sake Brewer,” “Wine vs. Sake,” and more. Presentations by Sake Specialist Midori Roth, International Marketing Manager for Tozai and Konteki sake brands Shingo Kurita, and local Asiatic chef Roy Villacrisus will entice festivalgoers.

Providing entertainment for the entire family, Hatsume Fair will debut a new “Character Meet and Greet” with anime, comic book and Japanese pop culture characters. Activities for kids of all ages will include Japanese games and craft activities as well as karaoke.

In addition, guests can explore avenues of artisan booths, anime dealers, plant sales and Asian and American food vendors as well as indulge at the Kirin Beer Garden and Sake Station. Exclusive samplings of Japanese craft beer from Echigo Brewery and Dewatsuru Sakura Emaki Rose, a pink rose sake made with rare purple rice that gives it the color of cherry blossoms, will be available. Visitors also can discover Japanese culture through a bonsai exploration area and an open-air tea ceremony.

Two-day passes are available online, in advance only, for $17 for adults and $11 for children ages 4-10. Single day passes for Hatsume Fair are priced at $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 4-10. Discounted tickets are offered in advance, online at www.morikami.org. Museum members and children 3 and under enjoy FREE entry to the festival.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.morikami.org/hatsume or call 561-495-0233.

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, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. 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 www.morikami.org or call 561-495-0233.