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Introducing Miss Gunma: The Japanese Friendship Dolls of 1927

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Talk by Alan Scott Pate.

Saturday, March 3, 2018
TIME   1:00pm
LOCATION   Morikami Theater
*No reservations. Tickets will be given out the day of the event, at a first come, first served basis.

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


With the celebration of Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) on March 3, Pate explores the role of Japanese dolls in traditional Japanese culture; their history, art and meaning. Special attention will be paid to the Japanese Friendship Dolls of 1927, providing the opportunity to introduce to the Morikami community their own Friendship Doll: Miss Gunma. Pate presents a lively talk with extensive visuals incorporating archival photos as well as images of the many aspects of the culture of Japanese dolls.

Alan Scott Pate is an internationally acknowledged authority on the history of Japanese dolls (ningyo). He is the author of numerous books and articles on the topic. Alan lectures around the world addressing the many facets of Japanese doll culture and is currently serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida. In addition to being the foremost dealer in antique Japanese dolls, he also frequently serves as a guest curator and adviser for exhibitions dealing with this deep and fascinating topic. His current focus is on the history of the Japanese Friendship Dolls of 1927, which includes the Morikami’s own “Miss Gunma.”


Performance Poetry by Elizabeth Acevedo and G. Yamazawa

A Collaboration with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival


Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Cost: FREE (with paid museum admission)
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Morikami Theater



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


Listen to two national poetry slam champions liven up our stage with poetry.  Discover your own voice by exploring the ideas of self-identity through performance poetry. Museum visitors are also welcome to participate and share on stage. The artists are offering a Performance Poetry Workshop earlier in the day, for more details and to register visit us as

Elizabeth Acevedo is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. The Poet X (HarperCollins), her debut young adult novel, will be released in March 2018.

G. Yamazawa is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cultural Diplomat for the Department of State, Kundiman Fellow, and Team Backpack certified. G. Yamazawa has been featured on ABC, NBC, NPR, PBS, and has toured over 200 universities in the US and abroad. With notable performances at the Sundance Film Festival and the Pentagon, Yamazawa continues to challenge the American perspective of race, culture, poetry and rap, and the phenomenon of the human condition. Yamazawa’s debut album “Shouts to Durham,” charted at #37 on the iTunes top 100 rap albums, and is currently working on his sophomore release.

Singing the Blues: Traditional Japanese Indigo

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Talk by John Marshall.


DATE  Friday, December 9, 2017
TIME   7:00pm, museum doors reopen at 6:00pm
LOCATION   Morikami Theater
PRICE   $10 (members $7)
*Advance ticket purchase required

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


Singing the Blues is a lively and informative presentation on the rich diversity and enduring beauty of traditional Japanese indigo. Marshall highlights a range of textiles from his own collection, including work by Living National Treasures. Participants are welcome to bring treasures from their own collection for John to comment upon, as time allows.

John Marshall began as an apprentice to traditional craftspeople in Japan at the age of seventeen. He has spent the past half century researching and sharing his knowledge of Japanese textiles. Specializing in katazome, with natural dyes on natural fibers, his work has been carried by Bergdorf Goodman, and exhibited at the Textile Museum; and has had shows sponsored by both Kodansha and the US State department, to name just a few venues. He is eager to share his love of this rich cultural heritage.


Documentary Film Screening – Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball Documentary

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In Japan, baseball is not a pastime — it’s a national obsession.

For many of the country’s youth, the sport has become a rite of passage, epitomized by the national high school baseball tournament known simply as “Koshien.” Four thousand teams enter, but only 49 are chosen to compete in the championship that grips the nation for two weeks every August.



Thursday, November 2, 2017

  • Cost: $10 ($7 for members) *Advance ticket purchase required*
  • Location: Morikami Theater
  • Tickets will be held at the theater door under your name
  • Discussion led by Director Ken Eng
  • Time: 7:00pm, museum doors reopen at 6:00pm


Kenneth Eng is a director, editor and executive producer.  After graduating from Boston Latin School, Ken left for New York in 1994 to study film at the School of Visual Arts.  His thesis Scratching Windows, a short documentary film about graffiti writers, was broadcast as part of the doc series REEL NY on WNET – NY PBS. In 2001, Ken directed and edited Take Me to The Rivera feature length documentary about the Maha Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, India. Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball, his film about the famous Koshien Tournament in Japan was nationally broadcast on PBS as part of POV and continues to play in Japan on NHK-TV.  In 2007, Ken was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship to launch My Life In China.  Recently, he edited Tested for director Curtis Chin, and is currently developing projects on post-genocide reconciliation in Rwanda and the Critical Legal Studies movement at the Harvard Law School.











Japanese Music in the United States

Talk By Dr. Minako Waseda

DATE Saturday, June 24, 2017
TIME 1:30pm 
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.

This lecture describes the development of Japanese music in the United States since the large scale Japanese immigration in the late 19th century to the present, primarily focusing on Hawaii and California. It covers a wide range of musical examples from folksongs and traditional instruments to modern Taiko ensembles and jazz fusion. It will also refer to some Japanese cultural activities in Florida examining the limited sources available.


Dr. Minako Waseda received her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and currently teaches at Tokyo University of the Arts, Kunitachi College of Music, Keio University and Waseda University. Her major field of study is Japanese-American musical culture. Her publications include “Music in Japanese American Concentration Camps: The Film Hidden Legacy and its Impact on the Collective Memory,” Testimony Between History and Memory 124 (2017), “Minzoku ongakugaku 12 no shiten” (12 Perspectives on Ethnomusicology, co-author, 2016),“Happyokai bunkaron” (Amateur Stage Performance Culture, co-author, 2015), and “Gospel Music in Japan: Transplantation and Localization of African American Religious Singing,” Yearbook for Traditional Music 45 (2013).


Delirious Japan: Art Deco in the Imperial Era

Talk by Kendall Brown | Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities

DATE Friday, February 24, 2017
TIME 1:00pm (Theater doors open at 12:30pm)
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.

This lecture explores Japanese Art Deco in the 1930s and early 1940s as an expression of Japan’s internationalism and nationalism. It presents Japanese Deco in terms of the art of the street, the museum, the cultured home, and the modern woman. It augments objects in the exhibition by showing Art Deco masterpieces in Japanese museums, and concludes with Japanese Deco collectibles.


Ken_4Dr. Kendall H. Brown is Professor of Asian Art History in the School of Art at California State University Long Beach. He received BA and MA degrees in history and art history from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University. Dr. Brown publishes actively in several areas of Japanese art, such as Japanese paintings and woodblock prints. Brown has curated or contributed to exhibitions for museums across the country, including Shin Hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan (LACMA, 1998), Taisho Chic (Honolulu Academy, 2002); Deco Japan (ASI, 2012), and Traditions Transfigured; The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi (CSULB UAM, 2014).  He is now working on exhibitions of Japanese sheet music cover art, lacquer makers’ tools, and garden-inspired fine art. Brown is also a leading figure in the study of Japanese gardens in North America. His book, Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America (Tuttle 2013) expands on his earlier work, Japanesestyle Gardens of the Pacific West Coast (Rizzoli, 1999). After planning the International Conference on Japanese Gardens Outside Japan in 2009, he served as President of the Board of the North American Japanese Garden Association from 2012-14.   His next garden book, Visionary Landscapes, explores the styles, meanings and functions of Japanese gardens in the 21st century. It will be published in the Fall of 2017.


Time Event
11:00am–11:30am Curator gallery walk for the public
1:00pm–2:00pm Delirious Japan: Art Deco in the Imperial Era lecture and Q&A
2:00pm–2:30pm Book signing
3:00pm–3:30pm Curator gallery walk for the public

Kobayakawa Kiyoshi (1899–1948) Dancer, or “Curved Line of the Instant” (Dansā, or Setsuna no kyokusen) c. 1932 woodblock print, ink and color on paper

Tea Day Lectures: Candice Kumai & Rona Tison

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities
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DATE Saturday, February 25, 2017
TIME 1:00pm (Theater doors open at 12:30pm)
PRICE $10 (members $7) Price does not include museum admission.
LOCATION Morikami Theater

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


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 Q&A and book signing will follow the lecture.

Discover 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. A Q&A  will follow the lecture.


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 Photo cropRona 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 Golden Age of Sumo: Behind the Curtain

A Talk by Lynn Matsuoka| Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities
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DATE Friday, March 10, 2017
TIME 7:00pm (Museum doors reopen at 6:00pm)
PRICE $10 (members $7)
LOCATION Morikami Theater
Please note: temperatures within our theater tend to drop. We recommend arriving with a jacket or sweater.

Get insight into sumo life and the behind-the-scenes action during the time of Grand Champions Kitanoumi, Chiyonofuji and Akebono with Lynn Matsuoka, artist and sumo expert. Hear stories of these grand champions and other top Sekitori, high ranking sumo wrestlers. The talk is illustrated with drawings and paintings by Lynn Matsuoka in the dressing rooms, at the practice stables and on tour with the rikishi, sumo wrestlers.


Lynn Matsuoka

Lynn Matsuoka specializes in sports, theater, equestrian documentary, artwork and portraits, and lectures on the world of Japanese sumo.  CNN reported on the artist: “Few artists so completely dominate their field that their name becomes synonymous with the subject matter, but Lynn Matsuoka has succeeded in capturing the essence of (Japanese) sumo and has won a loyal following along the way.” Her reportage artwork is in corporate and private collections around the world, including the National Sumo Museum in Tokyo. She is currently working on a memoir about her life with sumo in Japan.

The Secret World by Lynn Matsuoka

From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Art and Science of Origami

A Talk by Robert J. Lang | Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts
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Pre-registration will close at 4pm on Friday. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

DATE Friday, December 9, 2016
TIME 7:00pm (Museum doors reopen at 6:00pm)
PRICE $10 (members $7)
LOCATION Morikami Theater

The last decade of this past century has been witness to a revolution in the development and application of mathematical techniques to origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper-folding. The techniques used in mathematical origami design range from the abstruse to the highly approachable. In this talk, Lang describes how geometric concepts led to the solution of a broad class of origami folding problems – specifically, the problem of efficiently folding a shape with an arbitrary number and arrangement of flaps, and along the way, enabled origami designs of mind-blowing complexity and realism. As often happens in mathematics, theory originally developed for its own sake has led to some surprising practical applications. The algorithms and theorems of origami design have shed light on long-standing mathematical questions and have solved practical engineering problems. Lang discusses examples of how origami has enabled safer airbags, Brobdingnagian space telescopes, and more.


Robert J. Lang is recognized as one of the foremost origami artists in the world as well as a pioneer in computational origami and the development of formal design algorithms for folding. With a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech, he has, during the course of work at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Spectra Diode Laboratories, and JDS Uniphase, authored or co-authored over 100 papers and 50 patents in lasers and optoelectronics as well as authoring, co-authoring, or editing 16 books and a CD-ROM on origami. He is a full-time artist and consultant on origami and its applications to engineering problems but keeps his toes in the world of lasers and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics from 2007–2010. He received Caltech’s highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, in 2009 and was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2013.

Soaring Red-Tailed Hawk, Opus 601 by Robert J. Lang

Soaring Red-Tailed Hawk, Opus 601 by Robert J. Lang

Robert J. Lang

Robert J. Lang

Creating Manga: An Artist’s Perspective with Kohei Nishino

Join acclaimed manga artist Kohei Nishino as he introduces guests to the exciting process of creating manga in this free event. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session with the artist.

Event Details

Saturday, March 12 

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm (doors open at 11:00am)

Cost: Free! Tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis the day of the event.

About the Artist

nishinoKohei Nishino, a.k.a. Denjiro, made his debut in 1980 after winning the best newcomer manga artists award sponsored by publisher Shogakukan, while studying at Tokyo Zokei University.
Since then, he’s published work in the monthly Shonen Sunday, monthly version of Shonen Jump, the monthly Shonen Magajin, Combat Comic and Animal House magazines. He’s also done artwork for novels, worked on the animated film “Gundam F91” and produced Web-based animation.

He currently runs the weekly manga Web site Hana Maru Weekly ( He has also been active overseas, having had his “NAGI” serialized in Chibi-Pop Manga. Kohei is also responsible for nurturing young artists as a Associate Professor at the Arts Department of Kyoto Seika University.

Konohana Sakuya is the alias of the working partnership between two comic artists, Kohei Nishino and Tsugumi Nishino. In 2002, the duo was awarded the Grand Prize of the 1st World Manga Faithful Readership Award, sponsored by publisher Shinchosha for their series “Encounter.” It was also given the jury’s choice award by the Cultural Agency in the Manga Category of the Media Arts Festival Awards for fiscal 2003. Since August 2004, the duo has had its latest work, “The Lights,” serialized in the monthly version of the Shonen Jump magazine.


“Encounters” Manga

"Zombie-kun Fortune" cyber manga

“Zombie-kun Fortune” cyber manga

"The Lights" manga

“The Lights” manga










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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!


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.

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.


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).


  • 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.


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.

Beauty in Movement: The Elegance of Japanese Dance

This event is Sold Out. 

Take a journey with us to the world of Japanese dance. Be mesmerized through the elegant movements of classical dance accompanied by the tranquil melodies of the koto, the Japanese zither. Visitors will be treated to a visual and sensory delight by Japanese dancer Satomi Hirano, koto performer Yoshiko Carlton, jiuta shamisen performer Mayumi Hopkins, and the Matsuriza Tsugaru Shamisen group.

This program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.


  • Time: 7:00 (museum doors open at 6:00pm)
  • Tickets will be held at the door under your name at will call.
  • Please note that the Cornell Café and Gardens will be closed for the evening.


Satomi Hirano began her dance instruction in Tokyo at the age of four years. She studied under Master Kichifuji Wakayagi and the late Kisaho Wakayagi. At the age of 16 years, she received the title Master Fujichiho Wakayagi. She danced “Sagi Musume” for her inaguration, and began her career as a master classical dance teacher in Sasaduka, Tokyo. Following a move to the US, she resumed teaching in Orlando, Florida. Her speciality – Wakayagi-Ryu – is one of the five main classifications of Japanese dance styles. Through her mastery of classical Japanese dance, coupled with her certification in Yamano-style kimono dressing, she is dedicated to revive and spread traditional Japanese culture.

Yoshiko Carlton is a native of Kagoshima, Japan. She started her koto training at the age of nine years. She 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 for her contribution in promoting Japanese culture, especially Koto, to the community.

Sayaka Kikuchi, Keiko Ishikura and Mayuko Ishikura are professional Japanese taiko drummers with over 10 years experience with the Orlando Matsuriza Taiko group. They began their shamisen ensemble Matsuriza Tsugaru Shamisen in 2008 and have performed at Orlando’s Japan Festival and throughout the Southeast USA. Their repertoire includes traditional tsugaru shamisen music from Northern Japan and their own original compositions and arrangements.Tsugaru shamisen is a type of Japanese banjo, which originated in Aomori prefecture located in Northern Japan. The unique and powerful performance of the tsugara shamisen reflects the harsh lifestyle one encounters in the snowy environment of Northern Japan. Tsugaru shamisen displays at times an eloquent melody or a commanding presence with vigor and intense rhythm.

Mayumi Hopkins, hails from Hokkaido, Japan where she began learning the koto at age 7 and the jiuta shamisen at the age of 15. She was a member and performer of the Friends of Koto Orlando group under the direction of Yoshiko Carlton, before moving to Portland, Washington where she currently resides.