Celebrating the first spring blossom, Morikami Museum’s Hatsume Fair is this weekend. Noting the irony of festivities in the wake of the Japanese disasters, the museum has paired with The American Red Cross, whose representatives will be on site during the weekend to collect relief donations for the victims of Japan’s earthquakes and tsunami.
The fair showcases all cultural aspects of Japan – taiko drummers, martial art and bonsai demonstrations, the Japanese tea ceremony. Art, fashion and play are given their due with performances, vendors selling artwork and toys and clothing with accessories.
Anime, cosplay and ‘weird Japanese snacks’
This year, a special exhibition of Japanese anime, including a cosplay contest (come in your favorite anime costume) and anime dealers are part of the event.
Riffing off the anime is a special presentation on “Wacky Japanese Snacks.” Presented by the folks at Tate’s Comics in Lauderhill, a resource for anime, they’ll discuss some of the more popular snacks featured in anime movies that have cult followings in the U.S.
Tate’s manager JoAnn Minieri called the panel “Wacky Snacks You May or May Not Have Heard Of.” Those include Lotte Koalas March flavors, Pocky, Dars, and Lay’s Shock – the U.S. potato chip maker’s spicy seaweed-flavored chip. After the presentation, some of the snack foods will be for sale.
The Cornell Cafe, the museum’s own food vendor will dish up its specialties like seaweed salad, cold sesame noodles and their signature dish, Asian eggplant with rice. Vendors will have on hand soba noodles, chicken yakitori, tempura, coconut shrimp, spring roles and ice creams. A variety of beverages will be sold.
Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children 3-12. Foods are extra; seats for the presentations and performances are ticketed for free, and handed out at the beginning of each day’s fair. They are limited and go quickly.
Morikami Museum’s Hatsume Fair
- Where: Morikami Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach (on Jog Road, south of Linton)
- When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., March 19-20, 2011
- Cost: $12 adults; $6 children; Morikami members and children under 3, free (Advance tickets: $10 adults; $5 child)
- Tickets and information: Visit the web site, or call 561-495-0233