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Japanese Traditional Music Program

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The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens proudly announce the establishment of a yearly Japanese traditional music education program aimed at the general public and school children. This groundbreaking program coincides with the museum’s 40th year anniversary and will include hands-on workshops and special musical events.

Program content includes practical instruction on the Japanese shakuhachi and the 13-string koto for both children (grades 3-12) and adults. In addition, the program will feature special classes on Japanese music theory and history, culture, and an introduction to Japanese traditional performing arts.

Led by Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato, coordinator of the program and koto teacher, the faculty also includes ethnomusicologist and shakuhachi performer Professor Christopher Yohmei Blasdel and Japanese music professor Dr. Minako Waseda. The Japanese Traditional Music Program is proudly supported through special grants received from the Toshiba International Foundation, Japan Foundation and the Morikami Wisdom Ring Members.

 


Instructor Bios

Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato

Coordinator, Japanese Music Program

Koto Instructor

Dr. Amato received his Ph.D. in music composition in 1998 from New York University with primary studies in Italian contemporary music. In 2000, he was awarded the prestigious Bunka-chō Japanese Government Artists Fellowship to pursue formal study of Japanese traditional music at Seiha Hōgaku-kai. He continued studies receiving his teaching license and his professional name Gashō in 2003. Concurrently, Dr. Amato founded the Yokohama International School Japanese Music Program – the first and only traditional Japanese music program in primary/secondary education in the world – directing and teaching until 2011.  In 2011, Dr. Amato established the International Center for Japanese Culture (ICJC), an NPO promoting Japanese traditional arts and culture and is currently continuing his post as director. Pursuing his work on sharing Japanese traditional music on the international level, in 2016, Dr. Amato established the Seiha Hōgaku-kai International Summer School and currently continues as its director. Dr. Amato has held teaching positions and special lecturer posts at Robert Stockton College of NJ, Fukuoka International School, Heidelberg College, Seiha Hōgaku Gakuin and Yokohama National University.

Professor Christopher Yohmei Blasdel 

Shakuhachi Instructor

Christopher Yohmei Blasdel began the shakuhachi and studies of Japanese music in 1972 with Living National Treasure Goro Yamaguchi. In 1982 he received an MFA in ethnomusicology from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and is

one of only two non-Japanese to be accredited as a shihan master by Yamaguchi. Performing in Japan and around the world, Blasdel maintains a balance between traditional shakuhachi music, modern compositions and cross-genre work with musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists. His discography includes numerous CDs of traditional and contemporary music. He has also composed and performed music for NHK documentaries and various films. He was the Artistic Director of the International House of Japan from 1987 to 2013, co-organized the World Shakuhachi Festival ’98 held in Boulder, Colorado and the Sydney World Shakuhachi Festival in 2008. He was a founder of the annual Prague Shakuhachi Festival. His semi-autobiographical book, The Single Tone—A Personal Journey through Shakuhachi Music (2005) and The Shakuhachi, A Manual for Learning (1988) are two of the most important English language resource books on the shakuhachi. Presently, he is an adjunct lecturer at University of Hawai’i, Mānoa and holds a fourth-degree black belt in Aikido. 

Dr. Minako Waseda 

Japanese Music History and Performing Arts Instructor

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).


Children’s Music Summer Camp Program

Children’s Music Summer Camp:
Date: June 19 – June 23, 2017
Cost: $275
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm

For grades 3rd to 12th grade students.
Advance registration is required.

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The program includes three different workshops for three age groups:

  • Group A: Grades 3 – 5
  • Group B: Grades 6 – 8
  • Group C: Grades 9 -12

Students will have three one-hour sessions: a) Japanese culture, b) 13-string koto and c) shakuhachi with professional musicians, Joseph Amato and Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, and scholar Minako Waseda.

All instruments and sheet music will be provided to the participants.

Schedule:

Time Japanese Culture 13-string Koto Shakuhachi
9:00am – 10:00am Group A Group B Group C
10:00am – 10:30am Break Break Break
10:30am – 11:30am Group B Group C Group A
11:30am – 12:30pm Group C Group A Group B

The curriculum will allow students to have both practical and knowledge-based (theoretical/historical) classes. The knowledge-based component is a Japanese culture class taught by Dr. Waseda.  Topics may include the following:

  • Introduction to Japanese language and culture – Part 1 (Students will learn basic phrases, kanji numbers to read the music sheet, etc.)
  • Introduction to the history of Japanese traditional music
  • Craft project: Make a koto practice board and shakuhachi fingering tube to take home for practicing finger techniques and songs
  • Learn about kimono culture and its history. The students will learn how to wear a kimono for their recital.
  • Introduction to Japanese language and culture – Part 2 (Using Morikami’s exhibit, Japan Through the Eyes of a Child, the students will tour and learn about Japan’s geography, schools, home life in Japan, and etc.)

The practical classes include Japanese music instrument instruction. Dr. Amato will lead the basic koto workshops, teaching the students how to use tsume (finger plectrums), how to read Japanese musical notation and how to execute basic koto performance techniques through simple compositions. Professor Blasdel will lead the shakuhachi workshops, teaching the students proper breathing, posture, how to execute simple long notes and how to read Japanese traditional music notation. He will also teach the students a short shakuhachi piece.

On Sunday, June 25 at 3:00pm, the program participants will perform in a special public concert to mark the 40th anniversary of the museum. This performance is free to all visitors at the Morikami. 


Adult Music Workshops

There will be two opportunities for adults to take the Japanese traditional music workshops at the Morikami Museum.  Beginners and all levels are welcomed.

Adults will have the choice to choose which instrument they would like to study: 13-string koto or shakuhachi. The program is aimed at absolute beginners (those with no previous experience with the shakuhachi or koto) and basic beginners (those who have had a little experience with the instruments and want to improve).*  All instruments and sheet music will be provided to the participants.

* Please contact the Morikami for workshops aimed at intermediate and advanced players at 561-233-1328.

On Sunday, June 25 at 3:00pm, the program participants will perform in a special public concert to mark the 40th anniversary of the museum. This performance is free to all visitors at the Morikami. 

Weekday Workshop Schedule:

Dates: June 19, 21, & 23, 2017
Cost: $150
Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Location: Morikami Theater (Koto class)
Location: Tea House (Shakuhachi class)
Advance registration is required

Weekend Workshop Schedule:

Dates: June 24 & 25, 2017
Cost: $200
Time: 9:00am-12:30pm (10am-10:30am break)
Location: Morikami Theater (Koto class)
Location: Tea House (Shakuhachi class)
Advance registration is required

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Sessions Date Time Total Hours Cost
Weekday (3 days) June 19, 21, 23 1:30pm – 3pm 4.5 $150
Weekend (2 days) June 24 & 25 9:00am – 12:30pm   (10am -10:30am break) 6 $200


Special Lecture

Japanese Music in the United States
Talk By Dr. Minako Waseda

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 1:30pm
Cost: FREE (with paid museum admission)
Location: Morikami Theater

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.

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NIHONGO: JAPANESE INTENSIVE WORKSHOP III

*New Seasons Dates & Registration will be posted on August 1, 2017

This workshop is Part 3 of the 3-part Nihongo Japanese workshop series. This intensive 2-day workshop covers Units 4 and 5 of the required textbook and completes hiragana reading and writing. It concludes the Nihongo Level I series.

SCHEDULE

Saturdays, 1:00pm—5:00pm
Mar. 11 & Apr. 8, 2017

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Price: $90
Location: Oki Education Center
Prerequisite: Nihongo Intensive Workshop II or the Nihongo Level I Session 2 Class.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

*Required Textbook: Japanese for Busy People I Kana Version (revised 3rd edition) and 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 in Museum Store

CONTENT

  • Completion of hiragana. Units 4 & 5.
Please Note:

• Students who complete this workshop may go on to the Nihongo Level II Session 1 class of the following season.

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

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sumiko Uo is a Japanese-born educator, an adjunct lecturer at Florida Atlantic University and a translator. 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 those with knowledge of Japanese.

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NIHONGO: JAPANESE INTENSIVE WORKSHOP II

*New Seasons Dates & Registration will be posted on August 1, 2017

This workshop is Part 2 of the 3-part Nihongo Japanese workshop series. This intensive 2-day workshop covers Units 2 and 3 of the required textbook and continues with hiragana reading and writing.

SCHEDULE

Saturdays, 1:00pm—5:00pm

Jan. 28 & Feb. 11, 2017

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Price: $90
Location: Oki Education Center
Prerequisite: Nihongo Intensive Workshop I or the Nihongo Level I Session 1 Class.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

*Required Textbook: Japanese for Busy People I Kana Version (revised 3rd edition) and 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 in Museum Store

CONTENT

  • Continuation of hiragana. Units 2 & 3.
Please Note:

• Students who complete this workshop may go on to Nihongo Intensive Workshop III or the Nihongo Level I Session 3 Class.

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

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sumiko Uo is a Japanese-born educator, an adjunct lecturer at Florida Atlantic University and a translator. 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 those with knowledge of Japanese.


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SUMI-E INK PAINTING WORKSHOP

*New Seasons Dates & Registration will be posted on August 1, 2017

Due to unforeseen circumstances, all Sumi-e Ink Painting Workshops for the 2017 season have been cancelled. Please check back for next season’s opportunities.

Learn about the history and philosophy of sumi-e and how it relates to the subjects painted. Sumi-e is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China to Japan in the 12th century. The workshops will teach the “Four Gentlemen” which are the basic strokes for sumi-e. Each workshop has a different painting subject. In the June workshop, students learn the elements of painting bamboo. In July, they learn the beautiful graceful orchid and chrysanthemum. Finally, in August, students learn how to paint the beloved plum blossom.

Saturdays.

June 24 | Bamboo 

July 15 |Orchid & Chrysanthemum

August 12 | Plum Blossom

TIME: 10:30am—12:30pm
PRICE: $35
MATERIAL FEE: $3 (payable in cash to the instructor)
LOCATION: Oki Education Center

Pre-registration is required for all workshops.


MATERIALS TO BRING:

  • A water container
  • Small dish for ink
  • Idea brush*
  • Yasutomo practice paper*
  • Yard of felt

*available in 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. Floral and landscape classes will start with a review of the basic techniques before moving on to the main subject. Monthly sketching trips into the gardens are included.

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THE ART OF JAPANESE FABRIC WRAPPING

*New Seasons Dates & Registration will be posted on August 1, 2017

Participants in this hands-on workshop learn how to wrap a wine bottle, a watermelon, books, and how to make a tote bag from a furoshiki, a Japanese square reusable cloth. The furoshiki can be taken home and reused for various projects.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

TIMES: 10:30am—12:00pm or 1:30pm—3:00pm
PRICE: $35
MATERIAL FEE: $10 (payable in cash to the instructor)
LOCATION: Oki Education Center

Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Reiko Nishioka, recently retired after 20 years of service as Morikami’s Director of Education, continues to research and teach about Japanese culture.  Her creative flair, sense of design, and fascination with Japanese packaging come together in this original workshop.

The Art of Bamboo Basket Making with Shōchiku Tanabe

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, in collaboration with the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, present from Japan, special guest artist Shōchiku Tanabe.

WORKSHOP DETAILS

  • Tuesday, 10:30am-12:30pm and 2pm-4pm
  • $80
  • Material Fee: $30 (cash payable to the instructor)
  • Advance registration required
  • Students must bring nippers or small garden shears, a pair of non-heavy duty pliers for wire work, and a spray bottle of water.

Learn the art of bamboo basket making from a master artist from Osaka, Japan in this hands-on workshop. Shōchiku Tanabe is a renowned bamboo craftsman whose work has been exhibited around the world and recently at the Morikami Museum in our exhibit, Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan (2013). Be introduced to the history and beauty of bamboo craftsmanship, and learn how to apply traditional techniques combined with contemporary design to create three sculptural bamboo basket forms.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Shōchiku Tanabe, who assumed his artist name in 2008, was born in Osaka Prefecture in 1973. In 1999, after graduating from the Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, at Tokyo University of the Arts, Tanabe took part in a two-year training program at the Oita Prefectural Bamboo Craft and Training Support Center, and today is one of the leading up-and-coming bamboo craftsmen in Japan. This is evident by the many exhibitions showcasing his work overseas, including Golden Week on Japanese Art (Seattle Asian Art Museum, 2006) New Bamboo: Contemporary Masters (Japan Society, New York, 2008), Modern Master (Bayern Gallery, Munich, 2012), Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan (Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 2013).

Also, enjoy a demonstration by Mr. Tanabe on April 4, 2015 and the exhibition Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art from January 31 – April 25, 2015 at the Ruth Funk Center on the Florida Tech campus. For more information visit http://textiles.fit.edu

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NIHONGO: JAPANESE INTENSIVE WORKSHOP I

*New Seasons Dates & Registration will be posted on August 1, 2017

This workshop is Part I of the 3-part Nihongo Japanese Intensive workshop series. This intensive 2-day workshop covers the basics, an introduction to hiragana, and Unit 1 of the required textbook. Choose either Workshop I-A OR Workshop I-B.

2016-2017 SCHEDULE

Saturdays, 1:00pm–5:00pm

Workshop I-A: Nov. 12 & Dec. 3, 2016
Workshop I-B: Jan. 7 & Jan. 21, 2017

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Price: $90
Location: Oki Education Center
Prerequisite: None.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

*Required Textbook: Japanese for Busy People I Kana Version (revised 3rd edition) and 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 in Museum Store

CONTENT

  • Introduction to hiragana, Unit 1.
Please Note:

• Students who take Workshop I-A may continue to Nihongo Intensive Workshop II OR the Nihongo Level I Session 2 class.

• Students who take Workshop I-B must continue to Nihongo Intensive Workshop II, as it overlaps with the Nihongo Level I Session 2 class.

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

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sumiko Uo is a Japanese-born educator, an adjunct lecturer at Florida Atlantic University and a translator. 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 those with knowledge of Japanese.

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CALLIGRAPHY MINI WORKSHOP

*New Seasons Dates & Registration will be posted on August 1, 2017

Please Note: This workshop does not include museum admission. A $5 material fee is included in the price.

Learn how to write your name and some Japanese words with ink and brush, two traditional calligraphy writing implements in this hands-on workshop.

THE WAY OF TAIKO: THE HEARTBEAT OF JAPAN

*New Seasons Dates & Registration will be posted on August 1, 2017

This hands-on dynamic workshop teaches participants how to understand the sounds and movements of Japanese taiko drumming. In addition to an overview of the history and culture of taiko, participants learn how to understand sounds and movements and how to connect nature and the meaning of body movement. They will not only learn how to drum but also become familiar with the way of taiko.

Top performers from South Florida’s Fushu Daiko will conduct the workshop. The group is recognized by Seiichi Tanaka, the master of  San Francisco Taiko Dojo, who brought  taiko to the United States and trained senior members of the Fushu Daiko  group.

Sunday: January 29, 2017 Sold Out! | March 12, 2017

TIMES: 11:00am—1:00pm or 2:00pm—4:00pm
PRICE: $50
LOCATION: Morikami Theater

Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

Please Note: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Jewelry is not recommended. As temperatures within our theater tend to drop, we recommend arriving with a jacket or sweater.

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BON ODORI DANCE WORKSHOP

This program has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Do you like to dance?  Want to learn how to wear a summer kimono called yukata? The traditional Bon Odori is a dance performed during Obon, a period in the summer that commemorates the spirits of one’s ancestors. The Bon Odori is usually danced as a group circle around the yagura, an elevated tower-like stage where drummers and musicians play. This folk dance performed by the living, welcomes the visiting spirits of loved ones to participate in festive celebration during their brief annual visit to our world.

Participants learn the choreography of this lively dance and how to perform as a unified group. In addition, participants get the chance to learn how to wear a yukata, a casual cotton summer kimono, which is worn to perform the Bon Odori. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will perform the Bon Odori dances wearing yukata and will be given the music as a gift to take home.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

TIME: 1:00pm—3:00pm
PRICE: $40
LOCATION: Morikami Theater

MATERIALS: Bring your own yukata, yukata obi (sash), and two koshihimo (at least 2.5 yds x 1 inch length of fabric sash). If you do not own a yukata, vintage yukata and obi will be available for purchase at the workshop (cash only payable to the instructor). Vintage yukata and obi prices range from $15 and up. Yukata rentals for the workshop are available. Please inform us when registering if you need to rent a yukata.

Please Note: Ages 7 and up. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times We recommend yoga clothes or a tank top/T-shirt and shorts/leggings under the yukata.

HAIKU WORKSHOP

A 10th Annual Collaboration with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival

*New Seasons Dates & Registration will be posted on August 1, 2017

What is a haiku?  How do I write one?  In this workshop, participants will learn about haiku building and the Japanese literary form of zuihitsu. Often translated as “miscellaneous essay,” zuihitsu often consists of loosely connected pieces of prose and fragmented ideas of varied lengths that typically respond to the author’s surroundings. Join Yaddyra Peralta a poet and writer, in this hands-on workshop and learn to write your own original haiku and zuihitsu using our own Japanese garden as your inspiration. This workshop is provided in collaboration with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

TIME: 11:00am—12:30pm*
PRICE: FREE with paid museum admission
LOCATION: Morikami Theater

Reservations are required for all groups of 10 or more.

*Please note that the time has been corrected from the brochure.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

This workshop is taught by poet Yaddyra Peralta, a poet who teaches writing and literature at Broward College and Miami Dade College. Her poems have been published in Eight Miami Poets (Jai Alai Books) and Ghazals for James Foley (Hinchas Press). Her work has also appeared in Ploughshares, Jai Alai, Abe’s Penny, Tigertail, The New Poet, and Hinchas de Poesia. In 2013, she was a Visiting Writer at the Betsy Hotel’s Writer’s Room in South Miami Beach, Florida and one of six collaborative Helen M. Salzberg Artists-in-Residence at Florida Atlantic University’s Jaffe Center for the Book Arts where she contributed to the collaborative artists’ book Conversation, Too (Extra Virgin Press).  She is the Assistant Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University.

THE ART OF JAPANESE GIFT PRESENTATION

*New Seasons Dates & Registration will be posted on August 1, 2017

Learn the customs and art of Japanese gift presentation in this hands-on workshop. Combining traditions with contemporary aesthetics, participants are introduced to the beauty of Japanese packaging and design, often times incorporating natural and unconventional materials.  Learn to wrap with washi (Japanese traditional handmade paper), create uniquely designed boxes, and other techniques to give your gift an Asian-inspired elegance.

Workshop tools and materials will be provided for the participants to use.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

TIMES: 10:30am—12:00pm or 1:30pm—3:00pm
PRICE: $35
MATERIAL FEE: $10 (payable in cash to the instructor)
LOCATION: Classroom A

Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Reiko Nishioka, recently retired after 20 years of service as Morikami’s Director of Education, continues to research and teach about Japanese culture.  Her creative flair, sense of design, and fascination with Japanese packaging come together in this original workshop.

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