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Calling all Amazon shoppers! There’s a new way to shop your favorite Amazon products AND support your favorite Japanese garden (us of course!) With AmazonSmile you can help us grow and get the same great online shopping experience Amazon has always offered at no extra cost to you! If you’re ready to get started NOW click here, if you’re still wondering what we’re talking about, read on for the AmazonSmile Q&A.

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

 

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

 

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

 

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

 

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation. You can also click here to start shopping for Morikami,Inc.

 

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

 

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?
Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

 

How can I learn more about AmazonSmile?
Please see complete AmazonSmile program details.
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Is it Worth the $12?

Last week, coming out of the Morikami Museum, I was stopped by a stranger.

“Is it worth the $12?” he asked me. Tall with a friendly face, he seemed safe enough, so I stopped to hear him out. “You looked like you just went through it. Is it worth the 12 bucks? I’m the tour guide for my sister here, and we don’t know if it’s worth it to go inside.”

He was quickly joined in front of me by a kind-looking, petite blonde woman. His sister was visiting from out of town and was obviously ready for some form of entertainment; but since her brother was footing the bill, she was following his lead.

“Well, what are you into?” I asked.

“She’s an interior designer,” he said, pointing to his sister. “I live here, but I’ve never been.”

I mused that two people would get all the way to the entrance of a Japanese museum and gardens, and then stop to consider their options based on the admission price. But ah well…

“You’re an interior designer,” I said, looking at the woman. She nodded. “OK, well, from that standpoint, you will definitely get inspiration for design and aesthetics from strolling the gardens. The design is not one of a traditional botanical garden, but of a more organic combination of plants and textures designed to make you slow down and contemplate their beauty. You’ll see what I mean when you walk under the canopy of the bamboo trees or sit at the raked pebble gardens or past the two waterfalls. Even the wooden benches complement the overall design.

“Inside, the exhibit is of the huge sculptures of a modern Japanese artist, Jun Kaneko. Some of the sculptures are as large as small cars, and whole rooms can be built around them. They are dramatic and colorful and really not what you’d expect from a Japanese artist.

“And if you just want to shop, the Museum Store has the best decorating items. Vases, plates, bowls, wall hangings, rain chains, kimono, even knick-knacks for a little Japanese inspiration.

“From an interior design standpoint, you should find it a lot of fun.”

She looked at me, then at her brother.

“Pay the $12.”

I hope they had a good time.

Morikami Falls is one of many reasons why the Morikami is worth $12!

Morikami Museum Store Preps for the Holidays

Sometimes, attention is unexpected… and really nice.

The beautiful Charles Albert jewelry that The Morikami Museum Store always carries is featured in the October issue of Boca Raton Magazine in some lovely spreads, which has led to unexpected attention and requests. If you love gorgeous sterling silver and mother of pearl combinations, then check out the goods before they’re gone. (Don’t worry, Store Manager Sallie Chisholm can always order more.)

Also in time for the holidays are Piperoids. Take the cartoonish neon looks of anime, throw in the robot-ish adventure of Transformers® and add the folding fun of origami, and you’ve got the newest toys to grace the shelves of the Morikami Museum Store.

Sallie has added Piperoids – combination of “pipes” and “androids” – to the Morikami Museum’s wide selection of young-at-heart retail items for the 2009 holiday shopping season. The paper robot craft kits require just a pair of scissors for any one to make Japanese-style characters that battle each other. With names like Guyzer & Bean, Muscle Joe and Penk & Goriborg, the Piperoids are sold in a one-piece package for $12 and two-piece packages for $15.

Check them out online at www.morikami.org.  They are really cool, if you’re into brightly-colored, fold-em-up and play-with-them-for-hours type of  stuff.

Jewelry sold in the Morikami Museum Store was featured in Oct. Boca Mag

Jewelry sold in the Morikami Museum Store was featured in Oct. Boca Mag

Piperoids make their debut at The Morikami Museum Store

Piperoids make their debut at The Morikami Museum Store