Friday at the Morikami Museum

It was a beautiful day to spend wandering through the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida. Morikami’s gardens, named Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew, were designed by Hoichi Kurisu to be a living exhibit as an extension of the museum. Its six distinct gardens are inspired by significant gardens of Japan. I spent hours taking pictures, and just sitting and reflecting, absorbing the serenity and beauty that surrounded me

“Immersed in society’s materialism, increasingly boxed into a systematized world, we have become immune to a simpler, more natural way of living and thinking. It is difficult if not impossible under such circumstances to experience and know reality. Despite our accomplishments and possessions, our deeper desires often remain unfulfilled. We find ourselves preoccupied with modern society’s demands, drawing us away from cultivating a more fundamental relationship with Life.

The development of the Cornell Japanese Gardens at Morikami Park offers rich potential for thought and experience. They are an invitation to stop momentarily and ponder anew what we are, where we have been, and where we are heading. My hope is that visitors will let the gardens speak to them of timeless truths and rhythms which can provide therapeutic insights for today. I hope visitors will listen to, cherish and act upon the inspiration the gardens impart to them individually.

Strolling through pine forest or bamboo grove, viewing the rock formations, arrangements of plants and cascading waterfalls, pausing to ponder the quiet surface of the lake and shoreline —little by little we are encouraged to lay aside the chaos of a troubled world and gently nurture the capacity within to hear a more harmonious, universal rhythm. We exchange burden, boredom and despair for renewal, inspiration and hope. Or, from the joy we already feel, we discover an even greater capacity for good. This is the tremendous power the Japanese gardens at Morikami Park hold for us.

My hope is that a visit to the gardens will genuinely and deeply touch each individual’s life. My hope is that progressive ideas will be born and that action will take root here, that the intuitive conviction of such enduring qualities as beauty, love, health and wholeness, integrity, creativity, renewal, and selflessness will be strengthened.

I will have accomplished my goal if visitors to the gardens come away refreshed and feeling better about themselves and their world while looking forward to sharing their experiences here with others.”

— Hoichi Kurisu, Master Garden Designer

Photos by NA Bersin

Wishing everyone a beautiful and tranquil weekend!


Filed under Art, attitude, Creativity, focus, inspiration, Photography, Writing

19 responses to “Friday at the Morikami Museum

  1. Absolutely lovely. Definitely a sense of love and serenity. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs. Have a blessed week. 🦋

  2. Hi! How have you been? What a wonderful write-up and what a beautiful share!

  3. splendid – sounds, and looks, like a wonderful place to stop and just be


  4. That garden is so beautiful! Yes, you are so right we all need to slow down and enjoy the beautiful simpler things of life.

  5. What a beautiful Japanese garden! We also have two here in Vienna and I make a pilgrimage there every spring and enjoy the splendor of the flowers and the design.

    • What a wonderful trip to look forward to! I imagine the smell of the blooming flowers adds a whole new level to the experience. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  6. Thank you so much for taking us with you on this journey. Here’s to a calm weekend filled with the things we love.