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Delray Beach, Fla. — The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens welcomes two new exhibits that explore rich Japanese history, traditional culture and compelling art. Samurai Culture: Treasures of South Florida Collections and From A Quiet Place: The Paper Sculptures of Kyoko Hazama will be on display through Aug. 31.

Samurai Culture: Treasures of South Florida Collections, organized in conjunction with various collectors across South Florida, features an array of samurai suits of armor and weapons fashioned during the Edo period (1600-1868) that were collected by many samurai families in commemoration of one of the most illustrious warrior classes in the world. The Morikami also brings traditional Samurai history to life through detailed displays of paintings and prints depicting samurai life that were made during both the Edo and Meiji periods.

Also on display is a collection of intricate and highly detailed paper sculptures made by Kyoko Hazama in the new exhibit, From A Quiet Place: The Paper Sculptures of Kyoko Hazama. This exhibition showcases magnificent Japanese paper sculptures that the artist describes as “symbolic self-portraits” made from washi, a traditional Japanese paper, which has been sculpted into figures far more complex than origami.

Both exhibits are free with paid admission to the museum and gardens: adults, $14; seniors, $13; students, $11; children 6-17, $9 and free for Morikami members and children 5 and under.

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.

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