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Documentary Film Screening: Between the Folds

Underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation

DATES Wednesdays.

Oct. 19, 2016 | Nov. 16, 2016 | Dec. 21, 2016 | Jan. 18, 2017
TIMES 11:00am and 2:00pm
PRICE FREE (with paid museum admission)
LOCATION Morikami Theater

Limited seating in the theater. Tickets are given on the day of the event as a first come, first served basis.

Please note: temperatures within our theater tend to drop. We recommend arriving with a jacket or sweater.

ABOUT THE FILM

“Between the Folds” chronicles the stories of 10 fine artists and intrepid scientists who abandoned careers and scoffed at hard-earned graduate degrees – all to forge unconventional lives as modern-day paperfolders. The film paints an arresting portrait of the remarkable artistic and scientific creativity that fuels this ever-changing art form, fusing science and sculpture, form and function, ancient and new.

As these offbeat and provocative characters converge on the unusual medium of origami, they reinvent an ancient art, and demonstrate the innumerable ways that ingenuity and expression come to bear as we all struggle to understand and honor the world around us – as artists, scientists, creators, collaborators, preservers and simply curious beings.

 

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 craft! Show mom just how much you appreciate everything she does by creating your very own tea kettle card and origami cup set. You can also pick up a Kit Kat and a bag of green tea to enjoy your own tea time at home (while supplies last).


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.


 

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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“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.

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

DARUMA ORIGAMI

Make a fun daruma origami to celebrate the coming New Year. In Japan, daruma are seen as a symbol of good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement.

DATE: Saturday, December 10, 2016

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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NENGAJO: NEW YEAR’S CARD MAKING

The New Year is a special holiday in Japan and one of the most celebrated. Sending a nengajo (New Year’s card) is a very popular custom. Join us throughout the holiday season to create your own nengajo to share with your loved ones.

DATES: Tuesday, December 20 — Saturday, December 31, 2016 

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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Examples of Japanese nengajo that can be sent from abroad. Courtesy of JP Post.

 

Tattoo Day & Symposium

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Tattoo Day includes both FREE Family Activities throughout the day and the Tattoo Symposium— including a panel and demonstration featuring top artists in the tattoo industry—all in conjunction with the exhibition Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World

Family Activities: Free with paid museum admission
Tattoo Symposium: SOLD OUT!

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All day at the Morikami:

Celebrate Morikami’s exhibition Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with tattoo-inspired activities for the whole family!

Tattoo Day Family Activities

  • Kids’ Tattoo Shop: (10am-4:30pm) Draw your own temporary tattoo! You can use one of our stencils or design your own.
  • Color Station: (10am-4:30pm) Color and draw a cool tattoo design on your own Monmon Cat specially designed by tattoo artist Horitomo.
  • Kite Making: (10am- 4:30pm) Kites, also called tako in Japanese, are a traditional pastime played by people of all ages. Build your own Japanese tattoo inspired kite to take home.
  • Build a Lantern: (11am-3pm) Build your own paper lantern. For a $1 donation towards the Education Department, have your name written in Japanese on your lantern.
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Screen-printing by The FINE PRINT Shoppe

Choose one of two unique tattoo-inspired designs! Bring your own t-shirt and receive a free screen print!* Additional t-shirts $10.
*Limit one per customer.

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About the Symposium

In conjunction with our new exhibition, Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World, Morikami is proud to present a Tebori demonstration and panel presentation featuring artists: Ryudaibori (formerly known as Horitaka), Horitomo, Kip Fulbeck, Chris Nuñez. The exhibit Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World is organized by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, and is supported, in part, by Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman. It was created, designed and photographed by Kip Fulbeck, and curated by Takahiro Kitamura (Ryudaibori, formerly Horitaka).


EVENT DETAILS

  • SOLD OUT!
  • Times: 12:30-1:15pm (Part 1), break, 1:30pm-3:30pm (Part 2)
  • Pre-ordered Tickets will be held at the theater door under your name at Will Call.

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PART 1 – Tebori Demonstration

Demonstration by Tattoo Artist Horitomo, translation by Ryudaibori
Time: 12:30pm-1:15pm

Horitomo demonstrates tebori (hand-carved), referring to the traditional method of tattooing by hand using a sharpened bamboo stick called a nomi. Observe this unique and traditional technique and see the tattoo come to life, as Horitomo tattoos live at the Morikami. Learn about the intriguing history of tebori and the unique art form of Japanese tattoos. Audience will get the chance to do a Q&A with Horitomo after the demonstration.

Intermission—1:15- 1:30pm

PART 2 – Panel Presentation

Featuring Ryudaibori, Kip Fulbeck, and Chris Nuñez.
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Featuring Ryudaibori, Kip Fulbeck, and Chris Nuñez on the panel, the artists and contributors will talk about their work in the exhibition and the importance of the art of tattoo in their life. Attendees will be able to pose questions about the exhibition, tattoo traditions, and artwork created by these exhibition contributors. The event will conclude with a signing of the exhibition catalogue with all artists. The exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase at the Morikami Museum Store.

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