Having Back to School Nostalgia? Class is in Session for the Culturally Curious at The Morikami!

Going back to class isn’t just for grade-school and college kids. At the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, everyone can enjoy a hands-on experience, so whether you are looking for entertainment, interested in learning a new craft or just culturally curious we have something for you.  There are with a variety of new workshops, discussions and films.

The educational team at the Morikami has introduced innovative, interactive workshops that will teach you how to create with bamboo and leave your mark on stone. New film series and discussions will enlighten you to the universality of Japanese cinema.

If you’ve grown attached to the Morikami’s popular offerings of tea ceremonies, festivals, art classes and Studio Ghibli series, don’t fret. They are also on the class schedule for 2018-19. Class is in session, and we have a seat for you, right up at the front.

Whats New for 2018 – 2019?

Sophie & the Rising Sun Film Screening and discussion: The director, producer and actor of “Sophie & the Rising Sun,” a romantic drama set during World War II in South Carolina, will share insights on this moving film. Audience members will view the movie, and then enjoy an intimate Q&A with the talents responsible for bringing the film to life. Discussion led by Director Maggie Greenwald, Producer Nancy Dickenson & Lead Actor Takashi Yamaguchi.

  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 2018
  • Museum doors open at 6 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m.
  • $10 for public; $7 for Members
  • Purchase tickets here

Guest Artist Workshops: Bamboo Fence MakingBamboo Basket MakingStone Carving. The Morikami brings masters of their respective crafts from Japan to South Florida to share generations’ worth of knowledge. Guest instructors Akihiro Mashimo (bamboo fence making and bamboo basket making) and Takaaki Saida (stone carving) will lead unique, hands-on workshops that will leave students with a true appreciation of their artistry.


New Morikami Film Series: South Floridians love their movies. From art-house, independent films and funny, animated movies to sweeping dramas and action flicks, the new Morikami Film Series puts it all on the screen. Each film showcases the similarities and differences between American and Japanese cultures. For example, one of the featured films, The Seven Samurai, inspired the American remake, The Magnificent Seven, and several other western movies.

Returning Favorites!

If you’re already a “student” of the Morikami, then mark your class schedule for these returning favorites:

  • Special Events: Our last Sushi & Stroll of the season is Friday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m. Close out summer with a walk among the gardens and a glass of sake.
  • Festivals: Secure your tickets early for our signature festivals, which draw big crowds and bigger excitement. 2018-2019 festivals begin with the Lantern Festival on Oct. 20, 2018, followed by New Year’s celebration, Oshogatsu, on January 13, 2019; and the two-day springtime festival known as Hatsume Fair, on April 6-7, 2019.
  • The Way of Tea: Sado Demonstrations: On select Saturdays, slow your pace with a guided demonstration on the ritual of Japanese tea enjoyment and meditation.
  • Classes, classes and more classes: What do you want to learn – ink painting, how to make a decent sushi roll, flower arrangement or mastering the koto? There’s also taiko drumming, block printing and learning how to speak Japanese … Sign up for your particular passion after checking out the Morikami’s extensive event calendar.

Welcome back to learning! We’re ready for you at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

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    • Thank you for your interest in our Sumi-e classes. Here are this season’s sessions:

      Fridays, 4-week sessions
      Floral: 10:30am – 12:30pm
      Landscape: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

      Session 1: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
      Session 2: Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30
      Session 3: Dec. 7, 14, 28 (3-week session)
      Session 4: Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25
      Session 5: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
      Session 6: Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22
      Session 7: Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26
      Session 8: May 3, 10, 17, 24

      You can find more information on them here.

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