37TH ANNUAL HATSUME FAIR AT THE MORIKAMI MUSEUM AND JAPANESE GARDENS – APRIL 16 – APRIL 17

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Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is springing into action this April with the 37th annual Hatsume Fair on Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebrating the first bud of spring, the museum’s largest annual event transforms Morikami Park into a unique Japanese festival enjoyable for the whole family. Hatsume Fair features three stages of continuous entertainment, rows of artisan, craft and plant vendors, a Japanese food market, specialty sake and beer selections and so much more!

The weekend’s activities include martial arts, bonsai & Japanese flower arranging demonstrations; taiko drumming performances with audience participation by local favorites Ronin Taiko and Fushu Daiko; games, crafts and activities for children and families; character meet ‘n’ greets and an anime-inspired costume contest and fashion show!

New this year, New York City based Samurai Sword Soul will demonstrate traditional Japanese sword fighting and allow festival goers to join in during their infamous fighting boot camp. Also, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, visitors will be treated to a visual and sensory experience created by Japanese dancer Satomi Hirano and koto performer Yoshiko Carlton throughout the weekend. Morikami is also excited to introduce a new colossal fan art wall for visitors to express themselves with doodles, sketches to create their own masterpieces!

Single day passes for Hatsume Fair, purchased at the gate, are priced at $15 for adults (ages 11+) and $10 for children (ages 4-10). Discounted tickets and 2-day passes are offered exclusively online in advance 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.

For hotel accommodations, please check out Hatsume Fair’s exclusive hotel partner, Hyatt Place located at 104 NE 2nd Ave in Delray Beach (call 561-330-3530 for reservations).

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, and 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, world-class bonsai display, Pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store.