Event Calendar

Morikami is pleased to continuously bring exciting special events to its visitors. From heart-pounding taiko drum performances, to rejuvenating evening garden strolls, we strive to create a culturally inspiring experience with every visit. Be sure to check out our current exhibitions and upcoming exhibitions pages to get a sneak peek at what’s on view in our galleries.

  • Classes
  • Cultural Demos
  • Docent-led Tours
  • Exhibitions
  • Festivals & Special Events
  • For Kids & Families
  • Free Activities
  • Members-Only Events
  • Morikami Closed
  • Speaker Series
  • Workshops

Sumi-E Ink Painting Floral & Landscape

10:30AM, Friday, March 22, 2019
($55 – $60)
The Morikami Film Series

Co-organized by The Japan Foundation and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the new Morikami Film Series. Featuring a mix of classic films from revolutionary directors to recent contemporary films and animation, the selection will satisfy any movie lover. Online sales has ended. You can purchase tickets at the door from 6-7pm the night of the event. The film, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu …

7:00PM, Friday, March 22, 2019
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo Class

11:00AM, Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu Class

 

1:30PM, Wednesday, March 27, 2019
($60 – $80)
KOTO DEMONSTRATION

12:00PM, Saturday, March 30, 2019
$5
Sado: Tea Ceremony Class

10:15AM, Sunday, March 31, 2019
($50 – $55)
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo Class

11:00AM, Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

10:30AM, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu Class

 

1:30PM, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
($60 – $80)
Guest Speaker: Brynn Saito - Following the Brush: Japanese Poetic Forms, Then & Now

Award-winning California poet, Brynn Saito, will discuss the zuihitsu, a form of prose-poetry writing that emerged during Japan's 11th century. Closely translated as "following the brush," zuihitsu collects observations, notes, personal feelings, and quotes in a seemingly random and associative manner, leading to surprising, poignant poetic expressions. Saito will discuss how this form—and how Japanese culture, more generally—informs her work. She will close with a short poetry reading, book signing, and Q & A. EVENT DETAILS Thursday, April 4, 2019 Cost: $10 ($7 for members) Location: Morikami Theater All tickets  are will-call and will be …

7:00PM, Thursday, April 4, 2019
Sumi-E Ink Painting Floral & Landscape

10:30AM, Friday, April 5, 2019
($55 – $60)
Hatsume Fair: A One-Of-A-Kind Celebration of Spring

Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2019 from 10am–5pm Celebrating the first bud of spring, Morikami’s largest annual event, Hatsume Fair, transforms the normally tranquil Morikami Park into a unique Japanese spring festival featuring two stages (with taiko drumming, martial arts demos, and our annual costume and fashion show contest), avenues of artisan booths, plant sales, Japanese street fair food vendors and children’s activities. Enjoy martial arts demonstrations and taiko drumming shows Experience Japanese games and activities, including Cosplay and fashion contests Peruse avenues of artisan, craft and plant vendors Taste Japanese street fair food vendors Get Involved

10:00AM, Saturday, April 6, 2019
Hatsume Fair: A One-Of-A-Kind Celebration of Spring

Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2019 from 10am–5pm Celebrating the first bud of spring, Morikami’s largest annual event, Hatsume Fair, transforms the normally tranquil Morikami Park into a unique Japanese spring festival featuring two stages (with taiko drumming, martial arts demos, and our annual costume and fashion show contest), avenues of artisan booths, plant sales, Japanese street fair food vendors and children’s activities. Enjoy martial arts demonstrations and taiko drumming shows Experience Japanese games and activities, including Cosplay and fashion contests Peruse avenues of artisan, craft and plant vendors Taste Japanese street fair food vendors Get Involved

10:00AM, Sunday, April 7, 2019
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo Class

11:00AM, Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu Class

 

1:30PM, Wednesday, April 10, 2019
($60 – $80)
Sado: Tea Ceremony Class

10:15AM, Thursday, April 11, 2019
($50 – $55)
Mori Stories: Kamishibai Folktales

Time: 11:00am & 1:00pm (Last usually 20-30 minutes) Location: Classroom A (unless otherwise noted) Mori Stories are FREE with paid museum admission No reservations needed At 11AM and 1PM every second Thursday of the month, October through May, bring the whole family and delve into the world of Japanese folklore through kamishibai paper theater. Join us for a reading of these classic stories: October 11, 2018: The Magic Teakettle November 8, 2018: Kon and Pon (in the Library) December 13, 2018: How the Years Were Named January 10, 2019: Hats for the Jizos (in the Library) February 14, …

11:00AM, Thursday, April 11, 2019
from $FREE with paid Museum Admission
Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

10:30AM, Friday, April 12, 2019
Sumi-E Ink Painting Floral & Landscape

10:30AM, Friday, April 12, 2019
($55 – $60)
Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

10:30AM, Saturday, April 13, 2019
BASICS OF SUSHI WORKSHOP

  Dates: Sunday, April 14 & 28, 2019 Cost: $70 Time: 10:00am -12:00pm Location: Oki Education Center (Advance registration required) Sushi has entered the American palate as a cultural influence from Japan.  But do you know what sushi is? Few know that sushi is not actually raw fish, butrice made with a bit of vinegar and sugar. Served with a variety of accompaniments, cooked or raw fish and vegetables, it can take many forms. Participants in this hands-on workshop, led by Mitsutoshi Sekita, sushi chef from a Japanese restaurant in Plantation, Florida will learn cultural information about sushi, how to make …

10:00AM, Sunday, April 14, 2019
from $70
THE WAY OF TAIKO: THE HEARTBEAT OF JAPAN
Taiko Drum Workshop

   

11:00AM, Sunday, April 14, 2019
from $50
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo Class

11:00AM, Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

10:30AM, Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu Class

 

1:30PM, Wednesday, April 17, 2019
($60 – $80)
Sumi-E Ink Painting Floral & Landscape

10:30AM, Friday, April 19, 2019
($55 – $60)
Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

10:30AM, Saturday, April 20, 2019
THE WAY OF TEA: SADO DEMONSTRATION

 

12:00PM, Saturday, April 20, 2019
$5
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo Class

11:00AM, Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

10:30AM, Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu Class

 

1:30PM, Wednesday, April 24, 2019
($60 – $80)
Sumi-E Ink Painting Floral & Landscape

10:30AM, Friday, April 26, 2019
($55 – $60)
Block Printing Workshop

10:30AM, Saturday, April 27, 2019
($50 Workshop fee – $10 Material fee paid to instructor)
Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

10:30AM, Saturday, April 27, 2019
BASICS OF SUSHI WORKSHOP

  Dates: Sunday, April 14 & 28, 2019 Cost: $70 Time: 10:00am -12:00pm Location: Oki Education Center (Advance registration required) Sushi has entered the American palate as a cultural influence from Japan.  But do you know what sushi is? Few know that sushi is not actually raw fish, butrice made with a bit of vinegar and sugar. Served with a variety of accompaniments, cooked or raw fish and vegetables, it can take many forms. Participants in this hands-on workshop, led by Mitsutoshi Sekita, sushi chef from a Japanese restaurant in Plantation, Florida will learn cultural information about sushi, how to make …

10:00AM, Sunday, April 28, 2019
from $70
Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

10:30AM, Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu Class

 

1:30PM, Wednesday, May 1, 2019
($60 – $80)
Sumi-E Ink Painting Floral & Landscape

10:30AM, Friday, May 3, 2019
($55 – $60)
Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

10:30AM, Saturday, May 4, 2019
Sado: Tea Ceremony Class

10:15AM, Sunday, May 5, 2019
($50 – $55)
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo Class

11:00AM, Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

10:30AM, Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu Class

 

1:30PM, Wednesday, May 8, 2019
($60 – $80)
Sado: Tea Ceremony Class

10:15AM, Thursday, May 9, 2019
($50 – $55)
Mori Stories: Kamishibai Folktales

Time: 11:00am & 1:00pm (Last usually 20-30 minutes) Location: Classroom A (unless otherwise noted) Mori Stories are FREE with paid museum admission No reservations needed At 11AM and 1PM every second Thursday of the month, October through May, bring the whole family and delve into the world of Japanese folklore through kamishibai paper theater. Join us for a reading of these classic stories: October 11, 2018: The Magic Teakettle November 8, 2018: Kon and Pon (in the Library) December 13, 2018: How the Years Were Named January 10, 2019: Hats for the Jizos (in the Library) February 14, …

11:00AM, Thursday, May 9, 2019
from $FREE with paid Museum Admission
Sumi-E Ink Painting Floral & Landscape

10:30AM, Friday, May 10, 2019
($55 – $60)
Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks

5:30PM, Friday, May 10, 2019
($5.00 – $7.00)
World Bonsai Day

 

10:00AM, Saturday, May 11, 2019
Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

10:30AM, Saturday, May 11, 2019
A Summer of Studio Ghibli Films: The Classics
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises

The critically acclaimed works of Studio Ghibli has won numerous awards and recognition all over the world. This summer at the Morikami, journey into the fantastic and imaginative world of seven Studio Ghibli classics with stories that touch the heart, inspire, and make us smile. The Secret World of Arrietty– A film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (95 min., Rated G) Sunday, May 12, 2019  11:00am (Dubbed in English) 2:00pm (In Japanese, subtitled in English) Discover the debut film from the Academy Award®-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There) in this gorgeous adaption of The Borrowers, one of the most popular children’s …

11:00AM, Sunday, May 12, 2019
from $$5 (with paid museum admission) (children ages 3 and under free)
Mother's Day Garland

   

12:00PM, Sunday, May 12, 2019
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo Class

11:00AM, Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Sumi-E Ink Painting Floral & Landscape

10:30AM, Friday, May 17, 2019
($55 – $60)
THE WAY OF TEA: SADO DEMONSTRATION

 

12:00PM, Saturday, May 18, 2019
$5
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo Class

11:00AM, Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu Class

 

1:30PM, Wednesday, May 22, 2019
($60 – $80)
Sumi-E Ink Painting Floral & Landscape

10:30AM, Friday, May 24, 2019
($55 – $60)
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo Class

11:00AM, Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Sado: Tea Ceremony Class

10:15AM, Sunday, June 2, 2019
($50 – $55)
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu Class

 

1:30PM, Wednesday, June 5, 2019
($60 – $80)
A Summer of Studio Ghibli Films: The Classics
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises

The critically acclaimed works of Studio Ghibli has won numerous awards and recognition all over the world. This summer at the Morikami, journey into the fantastic and imaginative world of seven Studio Ghibli classics with stories that touch the heart, inspire, and make us smile. The Secret World of Arrietty– A film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (95 min., Rated G) Sunday, May 12, 2019  11:00am (Dubbed in English) 2:00pm (In Japanese, subtitled in English) Discover the debut film from the Academy Award®-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There) in this gorgeous adaption of The Borrowers, one of the most popular children’s …

11:00AM, Saturday, June 8, 2019
from $$5 (with paid museum admission) (children ages 3 and under free)
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu Class

 

1:30PM, Wednesday, June 12, 2019
($60 – $80)
Sado: Tea Ceremony Class

10:15AM, Thursday, June 13, 2019
($50 – $55)
THE WAY OF TEA: SADO DEMONSTRATION

 

12:00PM, Saturday, June 15, 2019
$5
Father's Day Block Printing

12:00PM, Sunday, June 16, 2019
from $FREE with paid Museum Admission
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu Class

 

1:30PM, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
($60 – $80)
Japanese Traditional Music Program
Summer 2019

9:00AM, Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 5:00PM
from $200
Japanese Traditional Music Program
Summer 2019

9:00AM, Monday, June 24, 2019 - 4:00PM
from $250
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu Class

 

1:30PM, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
($60 – $80)
Make a Tanabata Wish 2019

   

10:00AM, Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Make a Tanabata Wish 2019

   

10:00AM, Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Make a Tanabata Wish 2019

   

10:00AM, Thursday, July 4, 2019
Make a Tanabata Wish 2019

   

10:00AM, Friday, July 5, 2019
Make a Tanabata Wish 2019

   

10:00AM, Saturday, July 6, 2019
Make a Tanabata Wish 2019

   

10:00AM, Sunday, July 7, 2019
Sado: Tea Ceremony Class

10:15AM, Sunday, July 7, 2019
($50 – $55)
The Story of the Star Festival

   

12:00PM, Sunday, July 7, 2019
from $FREE with paid Museum Admission
Sado: Tea Ceremony Class

10:15AM, Thursday, July 11, 2019
($50 – $55)
Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks

5:30PM, Friday, July 12, 2019
($5.00 – $7.00)
A Summer of Studio Ghibli Films: The Classics
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises

The critically acclaimed works of Studio Ghibli has won numerous awards and recognition all over the world. This summer at the Morikami, journey into the fantastic and imaginative world of seven Studio Ghibli classics with stories that touch the heart, inspire, and make us smile. The Secret World of Arrietty– A film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (95 min., Rated G) Sunday, May 12, 2019  11:00am (Dubbed in English) 2:00pm (In Japanese, subtitled in English) Discover the debut film from the Academy Award®-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There) in this gorgeous adaption of The Borrowers, one of the most popular children’s …

11:00AM, Saturday, July 27, 2019
from $$5 (with paid museum admission) (children ages 3 and under free)
A Summer of Studio Ghibli Films: The Classics
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises

The critically acclaimed works of Studio Ghibli has won numerous awards and recognition all over the world. This summer at the Morikami, journey into the fantastic and imaginative world of seven Studio Ghibli classics with stories that touch the heart, inspire, and make us smile. The Secret World of Arrietty– A film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (95 min., Rated G) Sunday, May 12, 2019  11:00am (Dubbed in English) 2:00pm (In Japanese, subtitled in English) Discover the debut film from the Academy Award®-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There) in this gorgeous adaption of The Borrowers, one of the most popular children’s …

11:00AM, Saturday, August 3, 2019
from $$5 (with paid museum admission) (children ages 3 and under free)
Youth Calligraphy: Mini-Workshop

         

11:30AM, Saturday, August 3, 2019
($20 workshop fee – $5 material fee)
Paper Lantern Craft

   

12:00PM, Saturday, August 3, 2019
from $FREE with paid Museum Admission
Youth Block Printing: Mini-Workshop

10:30AM, Saturday, August 10, 2019
($25 Workshop fee – $10 Material fee)
Magatama Necklace

   

12:00PM, Saturday, September 7, 2019
from $FREE with paid Museum Admission
Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks

5:30PM, Friday, September 13, 2019
($5.00 – $7.00)
Lantern Festival: In The Spirit of Obon

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 3-8pm* Join us for Japanese folk-dancing, drumming, our Ennichi street fair and iconic lantern floating ceremony in a fall festival in the spirit of Obon - Japan’s summer homage to ancestors who return for a brief visit to the living. Experience an iconic lantern floating ceremony and firework display See traditional folk dancing and taiko drumming performances Enjoy the Ennichi Street Fair – vendors, games, activities and more Taste Japanese street fair food and drink *Festival opens for members and the general public at 3pm, the museum and gardens will be closed prior …

3:00PM, Saturday, October 19, 2019
($10 – $20)

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