こんにちは, it’s great to have you back! If you’re new here, please subscribe to stay up to date on any Local Goes Global adventures, like the one we went on today! We were feeling a little travel hungry but didn’t want to travel far. In any case, we took this need for thrill and decided to visit the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida, which is slightly north of Boca Raton, Florida. After living in Florida my entire life, I had no idea there was such a strong connection between South Florida and Japan! I’ll try not to bore you with the details that I find incredibly fascinating!
Are you still stuck on travel hungry? Is that a thing? I think I just made it up.
Long story short. The Yamato Colony, a Japanese community of agriculturists, followed Jo Sakai’s dream of growing and selling crops. Although they had support from the Model Land Company, their goals fell short and these farmers eventually moved to other U.S. states or back to Japan.
Enter George Sukeji Morikami. History tells us that George Morikami was the last of the settlers and, in order for the Yamato memory to live on, he gave the land to the county in hopes of building some sort of remembrance. The Morikami Park is born!
Isn’t history the greatest!? Now, onto more millennial stuff. 😀 Here are our favorite spots at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden!
A special thanks to the Morikami Museum (where you cannot take pictures) and Japanese Gardens for hosting us! We had so much fun!
After our stroll, we stopped by Sushi Yami for some – you guessed it – SUSHI! We were so inspired by Morikami that we couldn’t bring ourselves to eat anything but Japanese cuisine!
Josh ordered the Shrimp Tempura and I ordered the J.B. Golden. Guys, it’s amazing.
Let us know which Japanese inspired places you’ve visited in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!