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Festival Volunteers

Volunteers provide invaluable support at each of our three annual festivals. Positions require the ability to communicate well and interact easily with people and the desire to work in accordance with the mission statement of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Attending training and a volunteer orientation are required.

Special Events

Work at Family Fun Days on select Saturdays, and assist with projects like origami and kamishibai (Japanese story-telling). Volunteer for our Sushi and Stroll evenings, on select summer Friday evenings, or help at our exhibit openings. These positions are available throughout the year. Also, just for Students, we recruit high school and college students for Summer Tour Plus each summer.  Volunteers help prepare materials needed for activities for visiting student groups and work with children as they learn games and create projects. This program is offered Tuesday through Friday, beginning in June and ending in August. The shift is from 9:30am – 1:00pm. We look for students who can volunteer throughout the summer. Click here for the online application!

Now Recruiting: Tattoo Day

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Event Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Celebrating Morikami’s exhibition Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with tattoo-inspired FREE activities for the whole family held throughout the day and the Tattoo Symposium— including a panel and demonstration featuring top artists in the tattoo industry. Volunteers will be assisting with all activities and interacting with participants to ensure a fun day for all! Family activities will include:

Kids’ Tattoo Shop: (10am-4:30pm) Get 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. Ukiyo-e style characters are sometimes depicted on these kites and in Japanese tattoo designs. Build your own kite with an ukiyo-e character to take home.
Build a Lantern: (11am-3pm) Build your own lantern. For a $1 donation, have your name written in Japanese on your lantern.

Download Application (pdf) or Apply Online


Sunday, January 10, 2016: Oshogatsu, or the New Year, is Japan’s most important yearly observance. Volunteer placements at Oshogatsu include children’s activities, food and beverage ticket sales, admissions, beer sales, and more. Apply early as positions fill quickly! 


Hatsume Fair

Saturday, April 16 & Sunday, April 17, 2016: Hatsume Fair, celebrating the first bud of spring, is Morikami’s largest annual event. Volunteer placements at Hatsume Fair include children’s activities, food and beverage ticket sales, admissions, beer sales, and more. Apply early as positions fill quickly!

Download Application (pdf)


Lantern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon

Saturday, October 17, 2015: Lantern Festival at Morikami is inspired by Obon, Japan’s traditional three-day holiday honoring ancestors and thanking them for the quality of life enjoyed by the living. Volunteer placements at Lantern Festival  include children’s activities, food and beverage ticket sales, admissions, beer sales, lantern floating, day-after clean up, and more. Apply early as positions fill quickly!

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at