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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.

Family Fun Title Banner-morikami green

 

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.

Family Fun Title Banner-morikami green

 

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.

Family Fun Title Banner-morikami green

 

 

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.

Family Fun Title Banner-morikami green

 

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.

Family Fun Title Banner-morikami green

 

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.

Family Fun Title Banner-morikami green

 

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.

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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.

Family Fun Title Banner-morikami green

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

 

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