Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida

November 23rd, 2013
Bon Fest Lanterns

Inspired by the Japanese Obon Festival honoring the ancestors, they transform Morikami Pond into a sea of lanterns which guide the departure of ancestors’ souls who have come for a brief visit among the living. It’s very moving.

Dry Cascade

Flat rock garden.

Flat Garden at Museum

Flat courtyard garden at museum.

Flat Garden with Borrowed Scenery

Karesansui Rock Garden with raked stone perfected by Zen Buddists.

Koi 2

Prized Koi at Morikami Pond. Koi were developed from common carp in Japan in the 1820s, and are still very popular today because they are a symbol of love and friendship. Many different colors and color patterns have since been developed; common colors include white, black, red, yellow, blue, and cream.


Japanese lantern.

Wisdom Ring

Wisdom Ring (or Chie No Wa) is a replica of the 500 year old Japanese stone lantern that resides near a temple in Miyazu in Japan. It’s a favorite spot.

Morikami Sea Grape Bonsai

Morikami Lantern Festival

Morikami Obon Festival in August.

Morikami Puff Bonsai


Morikami Museum

Modern Romantic

Romantic Japanese landscaping.

Morikami house

Yamato Island museum with history of Japanese settlement in this area.

Bench Pond

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.