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Cultural Folk Tales Day

Underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation

Saturday, July 8, 2017 10:00am—5:00pm

FREE with paid museum admission.

Explore countries around the world through interactive folk tales for the whole family to enjoy! Expert storytellers from across the globe will introduce stories from Japan, Latin America, Africa, and Haiti through vibrant music and dance. Also enjoy a day of hands-on crafts, activities, and access to the Palm Beach Library System’s Bookmobile!

ALL-DAY ACTIVITIES

Kuniko RED (resized for web)Storytelling 
Theater and Library
10:30am–4:30pm

Take a trip around the world with our storytellers! Listen to fun interactive folktales from Japan, Latin America, Africa and Haiti. Click here for our full schedule of storytelling events and performer descriptions!

 

Ema20120608Story Hunt
Galleries
10:00am–5:00pm

Be an explorer and search our galleries for the fun stories of these unique ema, wish blocks, from Japan.

 

 

DoraemonOfficialCartoon (Story) Adventures 
Classroom A
10:00am–4:30pm

Discover Doraemon, Japan’s first anime ambassador and a very funny robotic blue cat by watching a couple of his cartoons! Afterwards, create you own Doraemon crazy escapade by filling in the word bubbles on a manga, a comic book page, and give it your creative spin by coloring it in!

 

TANABATA TREETanabata Bamboo
Lobby
10:00am–5:00pm

Make a wish for the Star Festival, Tanabata! Write your wish on a tanzaku strip of paper and tie it to Tanabata bamboo in the lobby to celebrate!

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Palm Beach Library System’s Bookmobilefront of the Museum

Get your own Commemorative T’s and Totes by the Fine Print ShoppeBack Terrace

Origami Extravaganza & Palm Beach Library’s Families Reading Together Kickoff Event

Underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation and sponsored in part by the Palm Beach County Library System.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Free admission: per child presenting a valid library card from any library in Palm Beach County and one accompanying adult.

In partnership with the Palm Beach County Library System, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will be hosting the 13th annual “Families Reading Together” initiative kick-off! Alongside the fun events with the library, we will also have an Origami Extravaganza in conjunction with our exhibit, Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. The event will include an array of origami-themed and creative activities for all ages!

Membership Special: Those joining or renewing membership will receive 1 extra month free.

All-Day Events

Kuniko RED (resized for web)Storytelling and Magic with Kuniko Yamamoto 
11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. Morikami Theater
Welcome to the infinite world of origami! In Japanese, ori- means “to fold” and –gami means “paper.” Using origami, music and audience participation, storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto provides a magical entry into Japanese culture. In her show “Origami Tales,” mythological character masks and puppets, amazing flowers and a dragon – all made from origami – set the stage while Kuniko shares heartfelt stories from ancient Japan.

my-friends-by-taro-gomiGreat Book Giveaway
10:00am – 4:00pm. Library
Join us for a day to promote children’s literacy. Children in Preschool through 1st grade and their families are encouraged to read this year’s book, My Friends written and illustrated by Taro Gomi, available at any Palm Beach County Library System location. Newcomers to the Library System can register for a library card at the Bookmobile “library-on-wheels,” which will be stationed at the entrance of the museum throughout the day.

fox-beg-origami-wkshpGarden Safari Fun: Find and Fold Animal Friends
10:00am – 4:00pm. Gardens
Stroll through the gardens and discover wildlife of all kinds! Discover four folding fun stations ready for little origami hands! Be on the look out for the many live water, air, and forest animals that have made their home in the Morikami gardens!

IMG_9784Creature Corner Bookmarks
10:00am – 3:00pm. Classroom A
Fold a simple creature and make him your own by adding fun facial features: googly eyes, jagged teeth, a teasing tongue, etc. When it’s finished, pop him on the corner of a page in your book from the Great Book Giveaway!

Other Activities

Get your own Sound Safari fan for cool fun in the gardens. Walk through the gardens and discover the world of Japanese sound effects. Fans are a $1 donation (All proceeds go towards Morikami education programs).

Get your own Commemorative T’s and Totes by the Fine Print ShoppeBack Terrace

Meet Dewey the Library Owl — 10:30am – 10:50am and 2:30pm – 2:50pm  Lobby

 

Tea Day

TEA DAY | お茶の日

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Celebrate the culture of the wide world of tea at the Morikami! Tea Day includes tea tasting, storytelling for the family, and Tea Talks— a  lecture series with green tea experts Candice Kumai and ITO EN’s Rona Tison.

All events on Tea Day are free with museum admission except for Tea Talks and the Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstration. Click the tabs to learn more!

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Tea Exhibitors and Tasting Stations

10:00am—4:30pm. Lobby and Terrace

Learn, shop, and taste!
Enjoy the different flavors and brews  of tea by a variety of vendors. More details to follow!


Sado: The Way of Tea Demonstrations

12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm. Tea House. $5 with paid museum admission

Sado Tea CeremonyObserve Japanese sado, an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. Your involvement in the true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life.

Individual reservations are not necessary. Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. For more information please call 561-233-1367


Tea Talks

TIME 1:00pm (Theater doors open at 12:30pm)
PRICE $10 (members $7) Price does not include museum admission. Pre-Register Here!
LOCATION Morikami Theater

For the Love of Matcha: The Art of Japanese Wellness with Candice Kumai

Tea has a rich culture and history in Japan, especially, our beloved, matcha (powdered green tea) which is associated with traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Wellness journalist, Iron Chef Judge, best-selling author and leading clean eating chef, Candice Kumai, takes us through the fascinating history of matcha and its various uses from the past to the present. Acquire more knowledge, and be inspired by Candice as you learn of the benefits of matcha and how to incorporate it into your everyday life! A book signing will follow the lecture.

Rona Tison Photo cropDiscover Japanese Green Teas with ITO EN’s Rona Tison

Experience the expansive world of Japanese teas and its intrinsic taste profiles and complexities, with Rona Tison of ITO EN, the world’s premier leaders in green tea. From the centuries old traditions to the modern use of trendy matcha green teas, learn proper preparation and why Japanese teas are gaining global recognition for its celebrated umami tastes.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Candice Kumai, quoted by ELLE Magazine as “The golden girl of the wellness world,” is one of the country’s leading wellness journalists. She is a 5x best-selling author of Clean Green Eats, Clean Green Drinks, Pretty Delicious, Cook Yourself Sexy and Cook Yourself Thin. Candice is a regular contributor to E! News, The Dr. Oz Show and Today. A Top Chef alumna, Candice has appeared as a regular judge on Iron Chef America and Beat Bobby Flay. She regularly contributes to lifestyle publications such as Prevention, Yoga Journal, Men’s Journal, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Shape, Men’s Health, Clean Eating and Well & Good. She volunteers at dozens of charitable organizations and has traveled the globe surfing, soul-searching, modeling and researching wellness.

Candice has dedicated much of her time to philanthropic work, volunteering and mentoring in her community.

Rona Tison is the Sr. Vice President of Corporate Relations at ITO EN (North America) INC, the award-winning and world’s leading purveyor of green tea products and healthy beverages.  Established 50 years ago in Japan, she is dedicated to introducing ITO EN’s authentic green tea culture in the United States and creating innovative products that embody the companies five guiding principles of Natural, Healthy, Safe, Well-designed and Delicious. Being half-Japanese Tison is fluent in Japanese and well-versed on the Japanese culture. Tison serves on the Tea & Health Committee of the U.S. Tea Council, and has been a speaker at the Shizuoka World Tea Festival, Smithsonian Lecture Series, and World Tea Expo.

“The Magic Tea Kettle” Kamishibai Story

TIMES 12:00pm, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm
PRICE FREE with museum admission
LOCATION Library

Kamishibai literally means “paper theater” and is said to have started in Japan in the early 1900s. It is still part of a long tradition of picture storytelling. Today’s story is a Japanese folktale about a magical tanuki (raccoon dog), his new friend, and the making of their friendship. Join us for story time at the library. A craft activity will follow the reading!

Enjoy the English version of the famous Japanese children’s story The Magic Tea Kettle

FRIENDSHIP DOLL CRAFT

Friendship dolls were introduced in the early 1920s as a way to east cultural tensions between the USA and Japan. Both countries exchanged dolls as a symbol of friendship. Each Japanese doll sent to the USA represented a different prefecture of Japan. Join us to foster this cultural exchange with a Friendship Doll craft!


DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 4, 2017 

TIME: 12:00pm—3:00pm  

LOCATION: Classroom A

Family Fun days are FREE with paid museum admission.

Pre-registration is not required.

RESPECT-FOR-THE-AGED DAY CRAFT

Respect-for-the-Aged Day (keiro no hi) is a Japanese national holiday where respect for the elderly and longevity are celebrated in the month of September. Learn to create your own origami card to give to your grandparents or an elder you admire.

DATE: Saturday, September 9, 2017    

TIME: 12:00pm—3:00pm

LOCATION: Classroom A

Family Fun days are FREE with paid museum admission.

Pre-registration is not required.

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CHIGIRI-E: MOUNTAIN DAY PAPER CRAFT

Starting from August 11, 2016 Mountain Day (yama no hi) is a newly-introduced Japanese national holiday to celebrate and appreciate Japan’s many mountains. Make a colorful chigiri-e (Japanese art form of hand-torn paper collage) to honor mountains!

DATE & TIME: Saturday, August 12, 2017   

TIME: 12:00pm—3:00pm

LOCATION: Classroom A

Family Fun days are FREE with paid museum admission.

Pre-registration is not required.

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MAKE A TANABATA WISH 2017

Join us for Family Fun to celebrate Tanabata – Japan’s star festival! Kids (and adults!) will learn about Tanabata, and make a wish to hang on our bamboo “trees.”

Tanabata, traces its origins to a legend about the Cowherd Star (Altair) and the Weaver Star (Vega), lovers separated by the Milky Way, that are allowed to meet just once a year – on the seventh day of the seventh month. In Japan, children and adults write wishes on narrow strips of colored paper known as tanzaku, and hang them along with other paper ornaments, on bamboo branches placed in the backyards or entrances of their homes. Mirroring that tradition, visitors can write their own special wishes for the future and place them on the Tanabata bamboo in the museum lobby.


DATES: Wednesday, July 5 — Sunday, July 9, 2017

TIME: All Day (10:00am—5:00pm)

LOCATION: Museum Lobby

Family Fun days are FREE with paid museum admission.

Pre-registration is not required.

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EMA (WISH BLOCK) CRAFT

Learn more about ema (wish block) with an activity in honor of the summer exhibit, Painted Prayers: the Culture of Ema.

DATE: Sunday, June 18, 2017  

TIME: 12:00pm—3:00pm

LOCATION: Classroom A

Family Fun days are FREE with paid museum admission.

Pre-registration is not required.

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TEA TIME WITH MOM & KIDS DAY ACTIVITY

Bring your family to celebrate both Mother’s Day and Children’s Day (May 5th in Japan) with a special tea time activity!

DATE:  Sunday, May 14, 2017   

TIME: 12:00pm—3:00pm

LOCATION: Classroom A

Family Fun days are FREE with paid museum admission.

Pre-registration is not required.

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CAT CAFE COASTER ORIGAMI

In the early 2000s, Cat Cafés found their way from Taiwan into Japan and have become very popular across Asia and most recently, in Europe and America. People often go to have a beverage and play with cats since they may not have a pet or are not allowed to have one in their apartment. Come and make a cat-faced origami coaster for your own home café time!

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 22, 2017  

TIME: 12:00pm—3:00pm

LOCATION: Classroom A

Family Fun days are FREE with paid museum admission.

Pre-registration is not required.

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HINA MATSURI: JAPANESE DOLL FESTIVAL CRAFT

Hina Matsuri, Doll’s Festival or Girls’ Festival, is celebrated on March 3rd in Japan. A set of dolls representing the emperor and empress and their court (three ladies-in-waiting and five musicians) is set up in the family home to mark the occasion. Join us to celebrate Hina Matsuri with a fun craft activity! 

DATES: Friday, March 3 — Sunday, March 5, 2017 

TIME: All day (10:00am—5:00pm)

LOCATION: Museum Lobby

Family Fun days are FREE with paid museum admission.

Pre-registration is not required.

Family Fun Title Banner-morikami green

 

“THE MAGIC TEA KETTLE”: KAMISHIBAI STORYTELLING

Kamishibai literally means “paper theater” and is said to have started in Japan in the early 1900s. It is still part of a long tradition of picture storytelling. Today’s story is a Japanese folktale about a magical tanuki (raccoon dog), his new friend, and the making of their friendship. Join us for story time at the library. A craft activity will follow the reading! 

DATE: Saturday, February 25, 2017 

TIMES: 12:00pm, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm

LOCATION: Library

Family Fun days are FREE with paid museum admission.

Pre-registration is not required.

Family Fun Title Banner-morikami green

Enjoy the English version of the famous Japanese children’s story The Magic Tea Kettle

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