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West Encounters East joins Morikami for Tanabata Festival Events June 3, 2013 – Stella M. Homes, executive producer of the PBS documentary film West Encounters East, will present a showing of the film’s trailer at a private reception on June 4 at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach.

The event celebrates the opening of Morikami’s new exhibit, Tanabata: Japan’s Star Festival –Views of Tanabata in Sao Paulo, Brazil, featuring photography by Jade Matarazzo, which will be on view through September 15.

Tanabata – literally “seventh night” – is a Japanese festival commemorating the annual reunion of deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, star-crossed lovers separated during the rest of the year by the Milky Way. Ms. Matarazzo’s photographs capture the spirit of this ancient tradition as it is celebrated in São Paulo, home to the largest Japanese community outside Japan.

“In this collection of images, the viewer comes to a place of contemplation and imaginative journeys … a place of contrast between old and new generations, sharing a moment of celebration, tradition and cultural exchange,” she says.

The Tanabata exhibit was inspired and made possible by Ms. Holmes, an art historian based in Miami. Her film, West Encounters East, showing on more than 220 public television channels around the US, focuses on several generations of Japanese Brazilian artists and demonstrates the interesting fusion of Japanese identity and Brazilian nationality through their paintings, sculptures, photography and ceramics.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977.