Most days, the Japan that is reverently reconstructed in Morikami’s gorgeous gardens (4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach) is historic, pastoral. Not today and not tomorrow. At the weekendlong Hatsume Festival, which celebrates the “first bud of spring,” the resident guardians of Japanese culture chuck the old and embrace the new. Today they’ll host anime vendors, “wacky” Japanese snacks, a bounce house, local artisans hawking wares, and a cosplay contest. A cosplay contest! (To the uninitiated: cosplay = cute boyz’n’girls done up as sexy cartoon ephebes and naughty cartoon schoolgirls). There will, of course, be a performance by the traditional Japanese drumming troupe Fushu Daiko, a Kirin-sponsored beer garden, tons of eats, and an opportunity to “explore sake,” which promises to be both educational and dangerous. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.; tickets cost $5 for kids and $10 for grownups if you buy ’em online and $6 and $12 at the gate. Call 561-495-0233, or visit morikami.org.
Sat., March 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., March 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2012