Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Globetrotting: Valentine's Day in Japan

One of my newest blogging ventures is with The Boston Globe's great travel blog, Globetrotting. This week, a short post on the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, which holds fascinating cultural events in Delray Beach, Florida:

A couple weeks ago, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Fla., hosted a festival in honor of Japanese art and culture, complete with martial arts demonstrations, drumming performances, Japanese food, and a host of vendors selling everything from Kimono-inspired clothing to gorgeous bonzai. On Friday, March 14, the museum will be celebrating Howaitodai, or White Day, the Japanese counterpart to Valentine's Day in the West. Tickets are $25 ($10 for members) and include cocktails, appetizers, and a show by a theatrical Taiko drum group. Not in the mood for romance? On March 20 the museum hosts a night of violin and piano music with world-reknown musicians Shunsuke Sato and Tao Lin playing music by 19th-century Belgian composers; the $50 admission includes a champagne reception after the concert. For more information, log on to or call the museum at 561-495-0233. [More]

Our entire family loved the Japanese Festival we attended there -- now, my 3-year-old wants to take martial arts, and the baby drums on any horizontal surface he can find. Keep an eye on Globetrotting... I'll be posting more there, soon!

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