Fold, Post, Win!

To kick off the first Sushi & Stroll of the season (which is bonsai themed) we’re giving away a beautiful grow-your-own-bonsai kit and 2 tickets to Sushi & Stroll. All you have to do is fold one of these cute origami bonsai trees, and post your photo to our Facebook wall!

Step 1: Make your origami bonsai

Here’s a pretty simple origami tree we made. You can fold this one, or one of your choosing. Make sure to use a square piece of paper. It can be any size or type of paper as long as it is a square and not a rectangle. This is how we did it:

tree origami

Click here to see the full-size diagram.

Step 2: Show us how you did

Now that you’ve folded, take a photo of you and your tree and post it to our Facebook wall. If you haven’t already liked our page, you’ll have to like us first!

origami trees

Some of our trees

Step 3: Check back to see if you won

We’ll be choosing our favorite tree tomorrow (Friday, May 3rd) at noon, and we’ll tag the winner on facebook. If you win we’ll send your digital tickets by facebook or email (or hold them at the door), and you can pick up your gardenia bonsai kit at the museum.

Good luck, fans! Now get folding!

The winner will receive this grow-able gardenia bonsai kit from the Museum Store!

The winner will receive this grow-able gardenia bonsai kit from the Museum Store!


Update 5/3/13

Congrats to our winners Montgomery, Crysilin, Claudia, Katie, Kaylie, Alynn, and Courtney! Each of you have won 2 tickets to Sushi & Stroll 2013, and Alynn will be taking home the lovely gardenia bonsai kit. Thanks for participating!

Creating 10,000 Turtles

With a few folds of colored paper, supporters of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will find out that it is not that hard at all to make an origami turtle, while at the same time supporting the museum’s children’s programs.

This Saturday, the Morikami will kick-off its new “10,000 Turtles” initiative with a taiko drumming performance by Fushu Daiko as part of Asian Heritage Night at Roger Dean Stadium. For a suggestion donation of $1, a family can purchase the materials and instructions for creating an origami turtle.

Kids will be invited to fold 10,000 origami turtles – a symbol of longevity in Japanese culture – for a special art display in the Morikami Museum.   The money raised will help keep the Morikami’s children’s programs going.

Visitors will be able to make their turtle at the Morikami all summer long or purchase and download the materials via the website (, and mail in the $1 donation and origami animal. The program will continue through September 30, 2010.

“Thanks to the support of lead sponsor Charles James Real Estate, we will be taking this hands-on, kid-focused campaign to the campers and visiting families who love the Morikami,” said Amy Hever, director of advancement.  “During the summer, the campers who participate in MORY (More Opportunities to Reach Youth) will also have an opportunity to make their turtle.”

“In essence, we are creating a way for kids to enjoy all that the Morikami has to offer them.”

The “10,000 Turtles” project will be in the lobby of the Morikami through September 30. Let’s get ready to fold!