The boonies west of Delray Beach seems an odd place to encounter one of the region's most important cultural centers, but this is exactly where you can find a 200-acre cultural and recreational facility heralding the Yamato Colony of Japanese farmers that settled here in the early 20th century. A permanent exhibit details their history, and all together the museum's collection has more than 7,000 artifacts and works of art on rotating display. Traditional tea ceremonies
are conducted monthly from October to June, along with educational classes on topics like calligraphy and sushi-making (these require advance registration and come with a fee). The six main gardens are inspired by famous historic periods in Japanese garden design and have South Florida accents (think tropical bonsai), and the on-site Cornell Café serves light Asian fare at affordable prices and was recognized by the Food Network as being one of the country's best museum eateries.
Jan 10, 2006
We enjoyed the calm of the gardens and the beauty of the sculpted vistas as we strolled the grounds. It was fascinating reading about the history of the Japanese community in the area in the main house. Feeding the giant koi and the many turtles was a highlight of the visit. The gift shop offered many unusual and interesting souvenirs.