Morikami Museum Exhibits Paintings Created by Japanese Students in Tsunami’s Aftermath

Delray Beach, Fla. – The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will showcase artwork created by Japanese elementary school students in the aftermath of the deadly March 2011 tsunami. Compiled from six schools in Japan’s Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, the exhibit will run through May 31, 2012.

On display in the Morikami’s Yamato-kan, the exhibit features paintings based on three themes: Appreciation of World Friendship, My Life 10 Years from Now and What I Want to Do in the Future. The paintings were originally part of an exhibition displayed in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan, in October 2011. The Japanese Foreign Ministry sent sets of 80 paintings to Japanese consulates worldwide. Paintings on display at the Morikami are currently on lo an from the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami.

The exhibit is free with paid museum admission: adults, $13; seniors (age 65 and over), $12; children (6-17), $8; students, $8; free for Morikami members and children under 5.

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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