Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens celebrates a more than century-old connection between Japan and South Florida. In the early 1900s, a group of young Japanese farmers formed an agricultural colony named Yamato, in what is currently identified as northern Boca Raton. Due to unsustainable farming endeavors, most of the colony returned to Japan. In the mid 1970s, one of the remaining settlers, George Sukeji Morikami, donated his land to Palm Beach County with the wish that it would preserve the memory of the Yamato Colony. Today, visitors enjoy sixteen acres of authentic Japanese gardens, rotating exhibitions of Japanese art, an authentic teahouse, museum store, award-winning café and year-round cultural programming. Today, Morikami remains a museum dedicated to Japanese living culture with gardens that are recognized among the finest outside Japan.