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Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

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Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th centuries. Learn about the history, culture and techniques in how to play this exquisite instrument in this 5-week course. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the class. Beginners and intermediate students are welcome!

Be introduced to the basics of how this instrument is played, and receive a koto music sheet of the most famous Japanese song Sakura, “Cherry Blossom.”


MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Yoshiko Carlton started her koto training at the age of nine and continued her koto studies after moving to Florida with Mrs. Kyoko Okamato, founder of the Washington Toho Koto Society based in Washington D.C. She furthered her studies with renowned 25 stringed koto player, Brian Yamakoshi.  Since 1990 she has directed, mentored, and performed with the taiko drumming ensemble Fushu Daiko, in which she was a founding member. She established Yoshi no Kai, “Friends of Koto,” in 2002 for the purpose of educating and introducing koto music to the West. In 2003, she was awarded a certificate of recognition by the Consulate General of Japan in Miami and in 2016 the Foreign Minister’s Commendations for her contribution in promoting Japanese culture, especially koto, to the community.

2017-2018 SCHEDULE

Wednesdays, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Session 1    Oct. 11, 18, 25 & Nov. 1, 8
Session 2    Nov. 15, 29 & Dec. 6, 13, 20
Session 3    Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Session 4    Feb. 14, 21, 28 & Mar. 7, 14
Session 5    Mar. 21, 28 & Apr. 4, 11, 18

CLASS DETAILS

PRICE

  • 5-week Session: $155 ($150 members)

LOCATION
Morikami Theater

Preregistration is required for all classes and workshops.

 

 

Koto Workshop

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Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th centuries. Learn the fascinating history of this exquisite instrument and how to play this exquisite instrument in this one-day introductory workshop. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the workshop. To further your studies on the koto, sign-up for our koto class series.

Yoshiko Carlton started her koto training at the age of nine years and continued her koto studies after moving to Florida with Mrs. Kyoko Okamato, founder of the Washington Toho Koto Society based in Washington D.C. She furthered her studies with renowned 25 stringed koto player, Brian Yamakoshi.  Since 1990 she has directed, mentored, and performed with the taiko drumming ensemble Fushu Daiko, in which she was a founding member. She established “Yoshi no Kai”, “Friends of Koto” in 2002 for the purpose of educating and introducing koto music to the West. In 2003, she was awarded a certificate of recognition by the Consulate General of Japan in Miami and in 2016 the Foreign Minister’s Commendations for her contribution in promoting Japanese culture, especially koto, to the community.

Be introduced to the basics of how this instrument is played, and receive a koto music sheet of the most famous Japanese song Sakura, “Cherry Blossom.”

2017-2018 SCHEDULE

Saturdays, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Workshop 1    Oct. 14, 2017
Workshop 2    Dec. 16, 2017
Workshop 3    Feb. 10, 2018


WORKSHOP DETAILS

PRICE  $50 per session

LOCATION  Morikami Theater

Pre-registration is required for all classes and workshops.

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IKEBANA: IKENOBO SCHOOL (Intermediate)

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Flower arranging, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art form spanning centuries. Ikebana has various different schools of study, each with unique philosophies and aesthetics. Dating back to the 15th century, the Ikenobo school is the oldest and most traditional. Students in this course learn the basic principles and style of Ikenobo, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy. This is an intermediate course with prior experience, for beginners sign up here.

2017-2018 SCHEDULE

Tuesdays, 1:00pm—3:00pm

Session 1 Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 *
Session 2 Nov. 7, 14, 28 *
Session 3 Dec. 5, 12, 19 * 
Session 4 Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30
Session 5 Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 
Session 6 Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27
Session 7 Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24
Session 8 May 1, 8, 15, 22

CLASS DETAILS

PRICE

  • 4-week Session: $80 ($70 members)
  • 3-week Session:* $60 ($52.50 members)

FLOWER FEE

  • 4-week Session: $80
  • 3-week Session:* $60

Please pay the flower fee to instructor via cash or check on first day of class.

Cancellations

The flower fee for the first week of missed class will be deducted from the 50% class refund and will be paid to the instructor if the registrant does not show up or cancels.

LOCATION
Oki Education Center

MATERIALS
Materials should purchased in advance or from the instructor the day of. Click here for a downloadable materials list. 

If you plan to buy materials from the instructor, please contact the registrar (561-233-1367) at the time of registration or mention so in the note section during  online checkout.
  • Garden shears for flowers
  • One tall flower container: 10″ or higher, wider at the opening than at the base
  • One shallow flower container or bowl: 3″ deep and at least 8″ across
  • Two #8 flower pin holders (3″ kenzan). Available from the instructor for $32-$34
  • Aquarium stones (enough to fill the 10″ container). Not available from the instructor.
  • Please Note: There is an Ikenobo Starter Set available from the instructor for $75. This includes one container, one kenzan, and floral shears. Aquarium stones are not included.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Instructor Kaoru Vrana, professor of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of South Florida, has studied in Japan and the U.S. for 14 years. She studied under Professor Hideko Zwick and now heads the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of South Florida. Ms. Vrana has participated in numerous ikebana exhibits, demonstrations and workshops in conjunction with the Society and with Morikami.

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Japanese Language Intensive Workshop: Kanji

2-Day Workshop
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WORKSHOP DETAILS

DATE  Saturday, March 10 &  March 31, 2018
TIME  1:00pm-5:00pm
PRICE  $90
LOCATION  Oki Education Center

    • Advance registration required.
    • Materials to bring: black liquid ink*, Canson Biggie Newsprint Pad (18 x 24 Inches, 100 Sheet Pad)
      *available at the museum store

This is an intensive introductory 2-day workshop on Kanji.

Kanji are the Chinese characters used in the Japanese language. This hands-on workshop focuses on learning the stroke orders and stroke types of essential components of kanji. It will also incorporate the use of traditional writing implements, the brush and ink. Students are expected to write basic kanji accurately and in turn to learn advanced kanji more effectively. Students at any level may take this course.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sumiko Uo is a Japan-born educator who currently teaches at Florida Atlantic University and taught previously at Florida International University. A student of language and traditional Japanese cultural arts, Ms. Uo has taught Japanese language, calligraphy, literature and cinema to both children and adults. Her classes will appeal to beginners, as well as those with basic knowledge of Japanese.

NIHONGO: INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE – LEVEL IV

This concluding level uses more complex sentence structure and introduces new kanji and a review of kanji from previous levels. Topics and grammar points include, but are not limited to, using quotations, expressing potentiality, and making hypothetical statements.

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2017-2018 SCHEDULE 

Sundays, 1:50pm–3:00pm (7-week sessions):

  • Fall Session: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12
  • Winter Session: Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Spring Session: Mar. 11, 18, 25, Apr. 8, 15, 29, May 6

CLASS DETAILS 

Cost: $100 ($90 members)
Location: Classroom A
Prerequisite: Nihongo Level III or instructor approval. Potential students must be able to read and write hiragana and katakana and be familiar with kanji from Unit 1 & 2 of the required textbook.

Required Textbooks:

Japanese for Busy People II  (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568363868
• Japanese for Busy People II workbook (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568364025

Both books should include the CD. Please bring with you on the first day of classes.

CONTENT

  • Session 1: kanji, Unit 3
  • Session 2: kanji, Unit 4
  • Session 3: kanji, Unit 5

For further unit descriptions and textbook overview, please click here.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sumiko Uo is a Japan-born educator who currently teaches at Florida Atlantic University and taught previously at Florida International University. A student of language and traditional Japanese cultural arts, Ms. Uo has taught Japanese language, calligraphy, literature and cinema to both children and adults. Her classes will appeal to beginners, as well as those with basic knowledge of Japanese.

Japanese for Busy People II (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568363868

NIHONGO: INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE – LEVEL III

 This level introduces kanji and starts with a review of hiragana and katakana. The first session focuses on reading and writing kanji before moving into the textbook in the second session. Topics include, but are not limited to, planning a trip, talking about past experiences, and getting advice. Fall, winter, and spring sessions of each level should be taken sequentially as a series.

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2017-2018 SCHEDULE 

Sundays, 12:40pm–1:50pm (7-week sessions):

  • Fall Session: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12
  • Winter Session: Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Spring Session: Mar. 11, 18, 25, Apr. 8, 15, 29, May 6

CLASS DETAILS 

Cost: $100 ($90 members)
Location: Classroom A
Prerequisite: Nihongo Level II or instructor approval. Potential students must be able to read and write hiragana.

*Required Textbooks:

Japanese for Busy People II  (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568363868
• Japanese for Busy People II workbook (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568364025

Both books should include the CD. Please bring with you on the first day of classes.

*Textbooks not carried by Museum Store

CONTENT

  • Session 1: review of hiragana and katakana, introduction to kanji reading and writing
  • Session 2: kanji, Unit 1
  • Session 3: kanji, Unit 2

For further unit descriptions and textbook overview, please click here.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sumiko Uo is a Japan-born educator who currently teaches at Florida Atlantic University and taught previously at Florida International University. A student of language and traditional Japanese cultural arts, Ms. Uo has taught Japanese language, calligraphy, literature and cinema to both children and adults. Her classes will appeal to beginners, as well as those with basic knowledge of Japanese.

Japanese for Busy People II (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568363868

NIHONGO: INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE – LEVEL II

This level includes more expressions and sentence structures and introduces katakana reading and writing. Topics include, but are not limited to, visiting a Japanese home, business, and socializing. Fall, winter, and spring sessions of each level should be taken sequentially as a series.

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2017-2018 SCHEDULE 

Sundays, 11:25am–12:35am  (7-week sessions):

  • Fall Session: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12
  • Winter Session: Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Spring Session: Mar. 11, 18, 25, Apr. 8, 15, 29, May 6

CLASS DETAILS 

Cost: $100 ($90 members)
Location: Classroom A
Prerequisite: Nihongo Level I or completion of Nihongo Japanese Intensive Workshop series or instructor approval. Potential students must be able to read and write hiragana.

*Required Textbooks:

• Japanese for Busy People I Kana Version (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568363851
• Japanese for Busy People Kana workbook (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568364018

Both books should include the CD. Please bring with you on the first day of classes.

*Textbooks not carried by Museum Store

CONTENT

  • Session 1: Introduction to katakana, Units 6 & 7
  • Session 2: Continue katakana, Units 8 & 9
  • Session 3: Complete katakana, Units 10 & 11

For further unit descriptions and textbook overview, please click here.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sumiko Uo is a Japan-born educator who currently teaches at Florida Atlantic University and taught previously at Florida International University. A student of language and traditional Japanese cultural arts, Ms. Uo has taught Japanese language, calligraphy, literature and cinema to both children and adults. Her classes will appeal to beginners, as well as those with basic knowledge of Japanese.

Japanese for Busy People I Kana Version (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568363851

Japanese for Busy People I Kana Version (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568363851

NIHONGO: INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE – LEVEL I

 This preliminary level introduces basic survival Japanese, grammar, and hiragana writing and reading. Topics include, but are not limited to, meeting people, shopping, and dining.  Fall, winter, and spring sessions of each level should be taken sequentially as a series

For further unit descriptions and textbook overview, please click here (PDF). For questions determining your level, please contact lniven@pbcgov.org.

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2017-2018 SCHEDULE 

Sundays, 10:15am–11:25am  (7-week sessions):

  • Fall Session: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12
  • Winter Session: Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Spring Session: Mar. 11, 18, 25, Apr. 8, 15, 29, May 6


CLASS DETAILS 

Cost: $100 ($90 members)
Location: Classroom A
Prerequisite: None

Please note: The fall, winter, and spring sessions of this class (Level I) must be taken sequentially.

*Required Textbooks:

• Japanese for Busy People I Kana Version (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568363851
• Japanese for Busy People Kana workbook (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568364018

Both books should include the CD. Please bring with you on the first day of classes.

*Textbooks not carried by Museum Store

CONTENT

  • Session 1: Introduction to hiragana, Unit 1
  • Session 2: Continue hiragana, Unit 2 & 3
  • Session 3: Complete hiragana, Unit 4 & 5

For further unit descriptions and textbook overview, please click here.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sumiko Uo is a Japan-born educator who currently teaches at Florida Atlantic University and taught previously at Florida International University. A student of language and traditional Japanese cultural arts, Ms. Uo has taught Japanese language, calligraphy, literature and cinema to both children and adults. Her classes will appeal to beginners, as well as those with basic knowledge of Japanese.

Japanese for Busy People I Kana Version (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568363851

Japanese for Busy People I Kana Version (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568363851

SUMI-E INK PAINTING: LANDSCAPE

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Sumi-e is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Primarily done in black ink, the name literally means “charcoal drawing” in Japanese. Students grind their own ink using an ink stick and a grinding stone and learn to hold and utilize brushes to create the primary sumi-e brushstrokes. Floral and landscape classes will start with a review of the basic techniques before moving on to the main subject.

BEGINNERS WELCOME!

2016-2017 SCHEDULE

Thursdays, 1:30pm—3:30pm

Session 9 Sept. 7, 14, 28*

 

2017-2018 SCHEDULE

Thursdays, 1:30pm—3:30pm

Session 1 Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Session 2 Nov. 2, 9, 16* (3-Week Session)
Session 3 Dec. 7, 14, 21* (3-Week Session)
Session 4 Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25

Session 5 Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
Session 6 Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22
Session 7 Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26
Session 8 May 3, 10, 17, 24
Session 9 Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27

CLASS DETAILS

PRICE

  • 4-week Session: $60 ($55 members)
  • 3-week Session:* $45 ($41 members)

LOCATION
Oki Education Center

MATERIALS

  • Medium/hard idea brush*
  • Ink grinding stone (suzuri)*
  • Ink stick (sumi)*
  • Small soy sauce dish*
  • Pi paper*
  • Felt (1 yard)
  • Water container to wash brushes

*Available in the Museum Store

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Instructor Susan Wilders has had the privilege of studying sumi-e ink painting from two of our country’s foremost masters, Mr. Chow Chian-Chiu and Mrs. Chow Leung Chen-Ying. She has been painting in the styles of the Japanese Edo period as well as the more contemporary Chinese Lingnan. Her work has been in numerous shows throughout Florida; Art in Public Places for the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, as well as the Charles Summer Museum in Washington, D.C. with the Sumi-e Society of America. Ms. Wilder’s paintings are in collections throughout the United States and Europe.


SUMI-E INK PAINTING: FLORAL

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Sumi-e is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Primarily done in black ink, the name literally means “charcoal drawing” in Japanese. Students grind their own ink using an ink stick and a grinding stone and learn to hold and utilize brushes to create the primary sumi-e brushstrokes. Floral and landscape classes will start with a review of the basic techniques before moving on to the main subject.

BEGINNERS WELCOME!

2016-2017 SCHEDULE

Thursdays, 10:30am—12:30pm

Session 9 Sept. 7, 14, 28*

 

2017-2018 SCHEDULE

Thursdays, 10:30am—12:30pm

Session 1 Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Session 2 Nov. 2, 9, 16* (3-Week Session)
Session 3 Dec. 7, 14, 21* (3-Week Session)
Session 4 Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25

Session 5 Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
Session 6 Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22
Session 7 Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26
Session 8 May 3, 10, 17, 24
Session 9 Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27

CLASS DETAILS

PRICE

  • 4-week Session: $60 ($55 members)
  • 3-week Session:* $45 ($41 members)

LOCATION
Oki Education Center

MATERIALS

  • Orchid-bamboo brush*
  • Small flow brush* (suggested for beginners)
  • Medium soft brush*
  • Medium horsehair brush or fine line brush*
  • Grinding ink stone (suzuri)*
  • Ink stick (sumi)*
  • Small soy sauce dish*
  • Shuen paper (27″ x 18″)*
  • Felt (1 yard)
  • Water container to wash brushes

*Available in the Museum Store

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Instructor Susan Wilders has had the privilege of studying sumi-e ink painting from two of our country’s foremost masters, Mr. Chow Chian-Chiu and Mrs. Chow Leung Chen-Ying. She has been painting in the styles of the Japanese Edo period as well as the more contemporary Chinese Lingnan. Her work has been in numerous shows throughout Florida; Art in Public Places for the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, as well as the Charles Summer Museum in Washington, D.C. with the Sumi-e Society of America. Ms. Wilder’s paintings are in collections throughout the United States and Europe.

IKEBANA: SOGETSU SCHOOL – BEGINNERS

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Flower arranging, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art form spanning centuries. Ikebana has various different schools of study, each with unique philosophies and aesthetics. The Sogetsu School is a contemporary school which focuses on the creativity and individuality of ikebana. The idea is that ikebana can be done by anyone, anywhere, with almost anything. In this beginner’s course students will learn the basics of Sogetsu and create pieces each week to take home and enjoy.

2017 – 2018 SCHEDULE

Wednesdays, 4-week sessions:

Session 1: Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15
Session 2: Dec. 6, 13, 20* (3-weeks)
Session 3: Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31
Session 4: Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
Session 5: Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28
Session 6: Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25
Session 7: May 2, 9, 16, 23
Session 8: June 6, 13, 20, 27

CLASS DETAILS

Price: $80 (members $70)
$60 (members $52.50) *3-weeks
Flower Fee: $60 (3-weeks $45) cash payable to instructor on first day of class
Location: Oki Education Center
Prerequisite: None

Materials:

  • Ikebana flower scissors
  • Shallow flat bottom container (suiban), a minimum of 10″ diameter and 2″ deep
  • Flower pin holder (kenzan), sun/moon shape, 3″ diameter
  • Sogetsu textbooks 1 & 2

All materials should be purchased in the classroom. It is suggested that you arrive 20 minutes early to purchase your materials before the start of class.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Instructor Chieko Mihori is a Sogetsu teacher of the highest rank and recipient of several Sogetsu awards of distinction. Soei is her professional teacher name. She has studied with Sogetsu founder, Sofu Teshigahara, his daughter, Kasumi, and his son, Hiroshi, late headmaster of the Sogetsu School.

She has also made a lifelong study of the tea ceremony, in the Omote Senke School. Since the dedication of the Seishin-an Tea House in 1993, individual tea ceremony lessons have been offered under the accomplished direction of Chieko Mihori, and this unique opportunity to study a traditional art continues.


SOGETSU 2

IKEBANA: SOGETSU SCHOOL – ADVANCED

We will not be offering the Ikebana: Sogetsu School Advanced classes this 2017-2018 season.  Please consider taking the Beginners classes or Ikebana: Ikenobo School as an alternative school of study. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please Note: This class is for experienced students who will primarily do free form arrangements. There is limited basic instruction therefore Ikebana: Sogetsu School – Beginners is a prerequisite for this class.

Flower arranging, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art form spanning centuries. Ikebana has various different schools of study, each with unique philosophies and aesthetics. The Sogetsu School is a contemporary school which focuses on the creativity and individuality of ikebana. The idea is that ikebana can be done by anyone, anywhere, with almost anything.

Students in this course expand on their existing knowledge of the principles and styles of the Sogetsu School, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy. This is primarily a free form class.


CLASS DETAILS

PRICE

  • 4-week session: $70 ($60 members)
  • 3-week session:* $52.50 ($45 members)

FLOWER FEE

  • 4-week session: $60
  • 3-week session:* $45

Please pay the flower fee to instructor via cash or check on first day of class.

PREREQUISITE
Ikebana: Sogetsu School – Beginners and instructor approval.

LOCATION
Oki Education Center

MATERIALS*

  • Bring your own Ikebana flower scissors and pin holders (kenzan)
  • Bring free form Moribana or Nageire containers
  • Sogetsu textbooks 3 & 4

Advanced students are encouraged to bring their own flowers/materials. If using flowers from the instructor, please inform the instructor and the museum while registering at least 3 days before the start of class, without advance notice no flowers will be available for you.

*Materials can be purchased in the classroom


MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Instructor Chieko Mihori is a Sogetsu teacher of the highest rank and recipient of several Sogetsu awards of distinction. Soei is her professional teacher name. She has studied with Sogetsu founder, Sofu Teshigahara, his daughter, Kasumi, and his son, Hiroshi, late headmaster of the Sogetsu School. Mrs. Mihori is an ardent instructor and supporter of Morikami since its founding.

She has also made a lifelong study of the tea ceremony, in the Omote Senke School. Since the dedication of the Seishin-an Tea House in 1993, individual tea ceremony lessons have been offered under the accomplished direction of Chieko Mihori, and this unique opportunity to study a traditional art continues.

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