Reflection: A Day at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Though this exhibit was unforgettable, I don’t want it to be timely. This post, this artistic endeavor meant to reflect a time of shame in the dark folds of history has risen again like a white zombie. Do we ever learn from the evils of the past? Arrogance carrying us like a disease as we separate our existence in relation to others based on unfounded fears. The devil’s eyes can now sleep soundly.

Look below at the countless tags representing human lives. This was real. We did this. This has been proposed again as a cowardly means to degrade a group of innocent people who are not to blame for anything other than identifying with a misunderstood faith.

My fellow citizens, now is the time to act. To anyone who has a heart left inside, refuse to let this happen again. My country, my shame, my hope, let me find trust again in your principles. Our hearts. Are they anywhere to be found?

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Kate Houck, Poems

This week, I had the pleasure of visiting a beautiful place in Florida called the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. I enjoyed taking pictures of the beauty and scenery along their winding pathways, while having the parallel experience of learning more about Japanese culture. Some of this beauty is soon to come in a future post!

I know I have never used this blog as an arena to share photos. However, I was struck by this place intensely, in particular by a timely exhibition they have open for viewing, Wendy Maruyama’s, Executive Order 9066. Below are photos I took from the exhibit.

The hanging tags that seem infinite in what you see represent the number of Japanese people of the United States taken from their homes and forcibly placed in internment camps during World War II. You can read Wendy Maruyama’s outlook on her work below. Her explanation and…

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About Kate Houck

Educator. Human. Poet. Seeking truth through experience.
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6 Responses to Reflection: A Day at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

  1. Agreed. Thanks for the reminders Kate. To including everyone as our human family.

  2. 5h2o says:

    I am with you! We have a lot of organizing to do!!

    • Kate Houck says:

      Thanks! I’ve been humbled by those ready to step forth and register like the head of the ADL. Solidarity among marginalized communities plus those with privilege not succumbing to indifference is what we will need as a nation to make it through the coming years.

  3. sanberdooboy says:

    learning about our concentration camps is humbling. i visited manzanar early this year, wrote a poem about the experience, and posted it on my blog. i am glad that you have added your voice to the outcry.

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