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KOTO DEMONSTRATION

Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan and China in the 7th-8th century. Learn the fascinating history of this exquisite instrument, and listen to its captivating and tranquil sounds demonstrated  by koto teacher, Mrs. Yoshiko Carlton.

Be introduced to the basics of how this instrument is played, and receive a koto music sheet of the most famous Japanese song Sakura, “Cherry Blossom.”

Saturday, February 3, 2018

TIMES: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm

PRICE: $5 with paid museum admission

LOCATION: Tea House

Tickets are sold on the day of the event on a first come, first served basis

Individual reservations are not necessary but reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Please call 561-233-1367 to reserve.

Tickets for reserved groups will be held up to 10 minutes before the start of the demonstration, after which they will be sold.

 

NIHONGO: JAPANESE INTENSIVE WORKSHOP II

2 Day Workshop

This intensive 2-day workshop covers Units 2 and 3 of the required textbook and continues with hiragana reading and writing.  

SCHEDULE

DATE  Saturday, February 3 & 24, 2018
PRICE $90
TIME  1:00pm – 5:00pm
LOCATION  Library

(Advance registration required)

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

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) ISBN-13: 978-1568363851 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 Japan-born educator who currently teaches at Florida Atlantic University and taught previously at Florida International University. 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 as those with basic knowledge of Japanese.


NIHONGO PIC

Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

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Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th centuries. Learn about the history, culture and techniques in how to play this exquisite instrument in this 5-week course. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the class. Beginners and intermediate students are welcome!

Be introduced to the basics of how this instrument is played, and receive a koto music sheet of the most famous Japanese song Sakura, “Cherry Blossom.”


MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Yoshiko Carlton started her koto training at the age of nine and 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 and in 2016 the Foreign Minister’s Commendations for her contribution in promoting Japanese culture, especially koto, to the community.

2017-2018 SCHEDULE

Wednesdays, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Session 1    Oct. 11, 18, 25 & Nov. 1, 8
Session 2    Nov. 15, 29 & Dec. 6, 13, 20
Session 3    Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Session 4    Feb. 14, 21, 28 & Mar. 7, 14
Session 5    Mar. 21, 28 & Apr. 4, 11, 18

CLASS DETAILS

PRICE

  • 5-week Session: $155 ($150 members)

LOCATION
Morikami Theater

Preregistration is required for all classes and workshops.

 

 

THE WAY OF TAIKO: THE HEARTBEAT OF JAPAN

Taiko Drum Workshop

The workshop includes an introduction to the history of taiko. Participants are taught how to understand sounds and movements, i.e., how to connect nature and the meaning of body movement. They become familiar with the way of taiko and drumming techniques.

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 who trained senior members of the Fushu Daiko group.

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Sunday: January 28, 2018 | March 18, 2018

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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Koto Workshop

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Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th centuries. Learn the fascinating history of this exquisite instrument and how to play this exquisite instrument in this one-day introductory workshop. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the workshop. To further your studies on the koto, sign-up for our koto class series.

Yoshiko Carlton started her koto training at the age of nine years and 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 and in 2016 the Foreign Minister’s Commendations for her contribution in promoting Japanese culture, especially koto, to the community.

Be introduced to the basics of how this instrument is played, and receive a koto music sheet of the most famous Japanese song Sakura, “Cherry Blossom.”

2017-2018 SCHEDULE

Saturdays, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Workshop 1    Oct. 14, 2017
Workshop 2    Dec. 16, 2017
Workshop 3    Feb. 10, 2018


WORKSHOP DETAILS

PRICE  $50 per session

LOCATION  Morikami Theater

Pre-registration is required for all classes and workshops.

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IKEBANA: IKENOBO SCHOOL (Intermediate)

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Flower arranging, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art form spanning centuries. Ikebana has various different schools of study, each with unique philosophies and aesthetics. Dating back to the 15th century, the Ikenobo school is the oldest and most traditional. Students in this course learn the basic principles and style of Ikenobo, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy. This is an intermediate course with prior experience, for beginners sign up here.

2017-2018 SCHEDULE

Tuesdays, 1:00pm—3:00pm

Session 1 Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 *
Session 2 Nov. 7, 14, 28 *
Session 3 Dec. 5, 12, 19 * 
Session 4 Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30
Session 5 Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 
Session 6 Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27
Session 7 Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24
Session 8 May 1, 8, 15, 22

CLASS DETAILS

PRICE

  • 4-week Session: $80 ($70 members)
  • 3-week Session:* $60 ($52.50 members)

FLOWER FEE

  • 4-week Session: $80
  • 3-week Session:* $60

Please pay the flower fee to instructor via cash or check on first day of class.

Cancellations

The flower fee for the first week of missed class will be deducted from the 50% class refund and will be paid to the instructor if the registrant does not show up or cancels.

LOCATION
Oki Education Center

MATERIALS
Materials should purchased in advance or from the instructor the day of. Click here for a downloadable materials list. 

If you plan to buy materials from the instructor, please contact the registrar (561-233-1367) at the time of registration or mention so in the note section during  online checkout.
  • Garden shears for flowers
  • One tall flower container: 10″ or higher, wider at the opening than at the base
  • One shallow flower container or bowl: 3″ deep and at least 8″ across
  • Two #8 flower pin holders (3″ kenzan). Available from the instructor for $32-$34
  • Aquarium stones (enough to fill the 10″ container). Not available from the instructor.
  • Please Note: There is an Ikenobo Starter Set available from the instructor for $75. This includes one container, one kenzan, and floral shears. Aquarium stones are not included.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Instructor Kaoru Vrana, professor of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of South Florida, has studied in Japan and the U.S. for 14 years. She studied under Professor Hideko Zwick and now heads the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of South Florida. Ms. Vrana has participated in numerous ikebana exhibits, demonstrations and workshops in conjunction with the Society and with Morikami.

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Japanese Traditional Music Program

About

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

(Classroom A)

13-string Koto

(Morikami Theater)

Shakuhachi

(Tea House)

9:00am – 10:00am Group A Group B Group C
10:00am – 10:30am Break

(Classroom A)

Break

(Classroom A)

Break

(Classroom A)

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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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.

 ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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).

 

Mother’s Day at Morikami

Step out of Delray Beach and into Japan as Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens takes moms away to a place of relaxation and pure beauty. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a relaxing stroll through Roji-en, a special prix-fixe menu at the Cornell Cafe and more! No reservations will be taken for this event. Seating at the café is first come, first served.

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In Roji-En

Take mom on a serene walk through Roji-en encompassing six distinct gardens, a koi feeding area, Japan Through the Eyes of a Child (an interactive children’s exhibit) and our world-class bonsai display.

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At the Museum Store

Receive a beautiful silk scarf as our gift to you with a minimum purchase of $30 (excluding tax, after discounts)*

*While quantities last, limit one per customer.


At the Cornell Cafe

Treat mom to a delicious prix-fixe brunch at the Cornell Cafe, overlooking the tranquil beauty of Roji-en. Click here for the full menu! 

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In the Museum

The little ones can make a special Mother’s Day craft guided by our education staff in Classroom A, while you make Mother’s Day last all year with a Morikami membership! Take advantage of our special 13-month membership promotion (5/13/2017 and 5/14/2017 only) and receive a free Morikami tote bag!


World Bonsai Day


World Bonsai Day celebrates the legacy of bonsai master Saburo Kato (1915-2008), a key figure in the modern history of bonsai. Mr. Kato was the third-generation owner of “Mansei-en,” located in Omiya (just north of Tokyo) and one of the most famous bonsai nurseries in the world. Today Omiya Bonsai Village is known as the “Bonsai Mecca” of the world.

As an author, teacher and philosopher, Mr. Kato inspired countless people around the world to learn the art of bonsai. In 1989, he founded and became the first Chairman of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF) whose mission is to bring peace and goodwill to the world through the art of bonsai.

In 2013, the Morikami Bonsai Exhibition was honored to become the 3rd WBFF Resource Center in the United States.

In honor of Saburo Kato and in keeping with his beliefs, the WBFF has designated the second Saturday of May as “World Bonsai Day.”

Events:

Bonsai Demonstrations 11am & 1pm

Bonsai Clinic All Day

Bonsai Exhibition Tours 12 pm & 2 pm

Bonsai Shopping All Day

 

40th Anniversary Celebration


#MoriTurnsForty

It’s hard to imagine there was once a Morikami that was small, quaint and quiet. But in 1977, in a small Japanese-style building still on our property today, we opened our doors to visitors that knew little about Florida’s historical ties to Japan. Now, 40 years later, our Museum collection has grown to over 8,000 objects and we share our mission of providing authentic Japanese cultural experiences that educate and inspire with over 200,000 guests every year.

Come celebrate the Morikami’s 40th birthday on Sunday, June 25th with music, food and activities all day. Make memories by creating your own 40th Anniversary button and sharing your favorite Morikami moments in our time capsule, and stop in for the musical performance in the theater at 3 p.m.

Visit: Bring friends and family and take advantage of our 4 for $40 admission ticket promotion (regularly $15 per person).

Shop: All customers get 10 percent off their purchase in the Museum Store and members get 20 percent off their purchase. Commemorative t-shirts and tote bags will be available in the store as well. Spend $40 and receive a free Morikami ornament with your purchase.

Dine: Two special sushi rolls and an appetizer will be available in the Cornell Cafe only for the 40th Anniversary celebration.

The Pacific Yellow Tail Tuna Carpaccio is topped with sea salt, olive oil, pico de gallo and micro greens.

The Green River Roll includes inari (crispy tofu), avocado, cucumber, carrots, mango, strawberry and is topped with coconut flakes and a mango honey vinaigrette.

The 40th Anniversary Roll includes grilled pineapple, coconut shrimp, avocado, cucumber, cilantro, masago and is topped with avocado aioli.

Become a member: New members* can purchase a dual membership for $40. Anyone who purchases a membership during the 40th Anniversary Celebration will receive a free commemorative key chain.

*A new member is anyone who has never been a member at the Morikami or has not been a member in the past 12 months. Promotion available for in-house membership purchases only – not applicable online or over the phone. 

 

Annual Meeting

On Thursday, March 16th at 5:30pm join our Board of Trustees & staff in our newly renovated theater to recap and celebrate our accomplishments as we enter our 40th year! Light refreshments to follow. Please RSVP to ssamuels@pbcgov.org.
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