A relaxing spring blossoms into the highly-anticipated summertime this June at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, with the solstice heralding the beginning of summer on the 21st. Don’t miss out on the exciting goings-on at Morikami this month!
Friday, June 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Our much-loved summer evening events are back, with garden strolling, café dining, sake imbibing and THREE taiko performances. Buy your tickets early (and save a buck, too!). Admission tickets may be used at any one of our Sushi & Stroll evenings. Please Note: the museum will close from 5:00-5:30pm to prepare for the event and the exhibition galleries are closed on these evenings.
Tuesday, June 16, 10:00am
Japan’s Robot Kingdom explores robotics in Japanese pop culture and society, showcasing robots of sci-fi film fame, the museum’s own therapy robot – a furry seal named PARO, vintage toys and figurines. The exhibit will also feature two of the most recognized robots in Hollywood, Robby the Robot and B9. The towering seven-foot tall Robby made his debut in 1956, in the movie Forbidden Planet, before starring in television classics Gilligan’s Island, Lost in Space and Gremlins, among others. The six-foot-eight inch B9, also known simply as Robot, was the star of Lost in Space. The visionary Robert Kinoshita, Japanese-American production designer and art director, designed both iconic robots.
The Morikami Menagerie: Creatures in Japanese Art exhibit brings together a selection of paintings, prints, textiles, sculptural figures, and other objects depicting an array of mythical beasts and animals of the land, sea, and air. The focus of this exhibition is to explore the meaningful aspects of animals in Japanese art and culture, including the role of animals as talismans for protection and for warding off malevolent spirits. Japanese folklore abounds with tales and imagery featuring fantastic creatures, from mythical dragons to hybrid beasts, tricksters, and shape-shifters, all of which are carry symbolic meaning. This exhibit explores those meanings in greater detail and answers such questions as, why is the carp a popular motif of Boy’s Day? Why do the Japanese prepare sea bream at New Years? Why are cranes popular wedding motifs in Japan?
The exhibits are free with paid admission to the museum and gardens, and will be on display through September 3, 2015.
Thursday, June 18, 6:30pm
Guests enjoy a first look at our two brand new exhibits! The Morikami Menagerie: Creatures in Japanese Art and Japan’s Robot Kingdom exhibitions will be unveiled concurrently, running through the beginning of September. Enjoy an accompanying children’s activity and an appearance by robot costume designer Ben Albert in one of his signature creations. The exhibition opening is free for museum members and $5 for their guests. Become a member today and experience all Morikami has to offer!
Saturday, June 20, 12:00pm-3:00pm
Join us for Family Fun to make a simple craft! Kids (and adults!) will learn to make a pinwheel perfect for the summer breezes in Roji-en. Family Fun days are FREE with paid museum admission.
Saturday, June 20, 12:00pm-3:00pm
Observe the Japanese sado, “the way of tea,” an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. The true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet can bring a calm perspective to a busy life. $5 with paid museum admission; reservations are required for groups of ten or more. Individual reservations are not necessary, tickets are sold the day of the event at a first come, first served basis.
Friday, June 26, 7:15pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
The museum welcomes writer and translator Frederik L. Schodt, whose published titles include Inside the Robot Kingdom: Japan, Mechatronics and the Coming Robotopia, to discuss what The Robot Kingdom really means and how it came to be. The talk is $7 for museum members and $10 for non-members, and advance registration is required at www.morikami.org.
For more information on these or any of our programs, visit the event calendar, or browse the site using the search function. We look forward to seeing you all month long!