Outreach Programs

Educational Outreach

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens’ Education Department offers a wide variety of outreach programs for adults and students. Outreach programs are designed to promote understanding of Japanese culture through hands-on activities, presentations, and interactive discussions tailored to meet the needs of individual schools, businesses, or groups at their own location.  Each program is conducted by a knowledgeable speaker who does their best to tailor the program to your requests. For further information and bookings, contact the Youth & Outreach Coordinator by email at park-mmoutreach@pbcgov.org or call 561-233-1329.

Adult Outreach Programs

For Virtual Outreach procedures, material options, and program costs please contact us as these may vary depending on the selected program.

Hands-on Workshops:

  – **Origami – Turn flat pieces of paper into three-dimensional works of art! (max. 20 participants)

Presentations:  (These are all power point presentations)

  • The Morikami Museum & The Yamato Colony – Learn about the past, present, and future of this unique cultural museum. The Yamato Colony, the early 1900’s Japanese settlement in this area, is a popular program for local history buffs. Learn about George Morikami and the Yamato Colony’s influence in south Florida.
  • The Anatomy of Japanese Protocol – Why do Japanese bow to one another? How does one exchange business cards? Learn step-by-step how to effectively communicate with the Japanese and important cultural customs.
  • Japanese Education How are schools in Japan? How different are they from American schools? Learn what is unique about their schools and students through an interactive presentation.
  • Introduction to Japanese History, Art, and Culture – An introduction to the important time periods in Japan and the influential events in each era that shaped Japan’s society, art, and culture.
  • Japanese Culture & History: How much do you know about Japan? –An interactive presentation that engages the audience in testing their knowledge about Japan. The presentation will introduce important cultural customs, history, and traditions of Japanese society.
  • Traveling to Japan 101 – Tips, Japanese customs, gestures, getting around, popular sites to see, transportation, etc.
  • Introduction to Japanese Food – Journey from the phenomenon of sushi in the United States to sushi in Japan and beyond. This informative presentation will compare both cultures and expand your horizon on Japanese food outside of just sushi and rice.
  • NEW! Introduction to Traditional Japanese Sweets – Journey into the world of Japanese sweets with this presentation that will take you through the seasons through delicious delights.
  • NEW! Getting to Know Japan’s Mascots – Japan is obsessed with mascots! From sports teams to museums to the military, there doesn’t seem to be a place where you might not find one. Join us and learn about as many of these colorful characters as we can!
  • NEW! Kowai Yo! Demons, Monsters, and Spirits in Japan – Explore the world of yokai, the demons, monsters, and spirits from Japanese folklore as they appear through anime and even games.
  • *Introduction to Traditional Japanese Fashion – Introduces the different styles of traditional Japanese clothing (i.e. wedding kimono, formal kimono, summer kimono, yukata, jinbei, hakama and etc.) Also includes if have time how to wear a yukata (summer casual kimono).
  • *Introduction to Traditional Japanese Music – Introduces the audience to three popular traditional Japanese instruments (Koto, Shamisen, and Shakuhachi). Includes a koto demonstration, how to read the music sheet, and the audience will each get a koto sheet music for the famous Japanese song “Sakura.”
  • A comparison of Japanese and Chinese Culture – What are the similarities? What are the differences? This presentation will introduce some customs, culture, and fun facts to the audience.
  • Evolution of Japanese Popular Music  – Let your ears travel through the last few centuries of Japanese popular music, and learn about the roots of J-Pop music and the development of karaoke!

Presentation duration:  40-45 minutes, includes Q & A.

(Presentations can be adjusted down to 30 minutes or up to 60 minutes).

Outreach Program Fee:

  • $60 (An extra modest donation to our Education Programs would be much appreciated) / Virtual = $50
  • * $95 (Kimono & Japanese Music presentations) / Virtual = $75
  • **An additional Material Fee will apply.
  • A transportation and parking fee may also be applicable.

For more information, or to book a program, contact Youth & Outreach Coordinator by email at park-mmoutreach@pbcgov.org or call 561-233-1329.

Student Outreach Programs

Enjoy our programs in the convenience of your own classroom or facility. Learn about aspects of Japanese culture through interactive presentations or craft-making! All programs are 40-45 minutes in length unless noted.

    • A transportation fee and parking fee may also apply.
    • The virtual format fee is $50 for any program from our “Cultural Interactions”, “Storytelling Creations”, and “Cultural Creations” programs except those where a virtual format is not available.
      • The material fee is waived as we cannot provide the materials to you.
      • A material list will be sent ahead of time to the organization to distribute to participants of the program.

Cultural Interactions

The program fee is $60 per session.

  • Introduction to Japan (K – 5th grade): What is a school like in Japan? What’s their lifestyle like? What kinds of clothes do they wear? What do they eat? Discover the answers in this interactive show-and-tell program.
  • Language Basics and Manners (2nd-6th grade): Students learn simple words and phrases that are often used in daily life, as well as appropriate body language, gestures, and cultural etiquette.

Storytelling Creations

Program fee: $60 plus the material fee as indicated. Through a kamishibai (Japanese picture story), discover a folk tale from Japan. Afterward, have fun with a related hands-on activity!

  • The Japanese Zodiac (K-5th): Discover the tale of the twelve animals of the Japanese Zodiac. ($2/student)
  • The Magic Teakettle (K-3rd): A man helps a tanuki, a raccoon dog, in distress and is later rewarded by this playful shape-shifting creature. ($2/student)
  • Kon and Pon (K – 3rd): (Two-part story; double-length.) In this story, Kon, a fox, and Pon, a raccoon dog, who live on different sides of a mountain river become friends. Their families have never gotten along, but Kon and Pon’s friendship changes everything. ($2.50/student/1 hour)
  • One Inch Boy (K – 3rd): Travel with the One-Inch Boy who proves himself by using his knowledge and strength of character to prevail in difficult situations. ($2/student)
  • Hats for Jizos (K-3rd): A poor old married couple is rewarded on New Year’s Eve for a selfless act of charity. ($2/student)
  • The Bamboo Princess (1st-4th): A bamboo cutter and his wife raise a baby girl found in a bamboo stalk. As she grows their lives change forever until at last her secret origin is revealed. ($2/student)
  • The Fisherman & the Dragon Palace (1st-3rd): Follow the tale of Urashima Taro, a kind young fisherman who accepts an invitation to visit a palace under the sea, as he learns that adventures sometimes have consequences. ($2/student)
  • The Story of the Star Festival (K-3rd): An ancient folktale about two star-crossed lovers, the Cow Herder, and the Weaver Princess, separated across the galaxy. ($2/student)
  • The Peach Boy, Momotaro (K-4th): An old couple finds a baby boy in a peach, who grows to be magically strong but must learn how to use his strength wisely. ($2/student)
  • Tadpoles 101 (K-3rd): A cautionary tale about the adventures of a too-curious tadpole; his brothers, sisters, and their mother. ($2/student)
  • The Goblin, the Water Imp, and the Thunder God (1st-5th): A charcoal maker’s clever son outwits three mischievous creatures. ($2/student)
  • The Three Magic Charms (K-3rd): A young boy uses three paper charms to outwit a wicked Yamanba (yah-magn-bah) or Mountain Woman. ($2/student)
  • The Mother Cat (K-3rd): This is a true story about a mother cat and how she rescued her kittens from a burning building in New York City in 1996. This story was created with the assistance of a kindergarten class in Tokyo. ($2/student)
  • The Oni Who Sank to the Bottom of the Sea (1st -5th): A good-hearted oni (oh-knee), with superhuman strength, rouses himself from his mountain retreat to save his neighbors. ($2/student)
  • The Old Man and the Mice (K-3rd): A kind old man befriends a band of mice and receives a magic mallet. A greedy neighbor sees this and plants to get one for himself. ($2/student)
  • The Old Man and the Fox (K-4th): This is a humorous tale about an old man who decides to play a trick on a sleeping fox; instead, he ends up learning a lesson himself. ($2/student)

Cultural Creations

Program fee: $60 plus the material fee as indicated.

  • Origami (2nd & up): Turn flat pieces of paper into three-dimensional works of art! ($2/student/max. 20 students)
  • Uchiwa Fans (K – 5th): Students make a flat summer paper fan. ($2.50/student/max. 30 students)
  • Masks (2nd – 4th): Students make a pop-culture mask using craft materials. ($2.50/student/max. 30 students)
  • Fish Prints (K & up): Make a traditional gyotaku print using real fish! ($7.50/student/max. 20 students) *Great for all ages! [Not available in virtual format]
  • Chigirie (4th & up): Make a post-card-sized picture using Japanese-style paper collage techniques called ($2.50/student/max. 30 students) *Great for adults too!
  • Kite Making (1st – 3rd): Students make a simple kite. Color, fold, and fly! ($2/student/max. 30 students) [Not available in virtual format]
  • Miniature Garden Making (2nd – 5th): Use real plants, stones, soil, and sand to create a mini-Japanese garden of your own. ($7.50/student/max. 20 students)
  • Samurai Helmet (2nd – 4th): Learn about the great warrior of old Japan and create a 3-dimensional craft helmet that you can wear. ($2/student/max. 30 students)
  • Poetry Scroll (4th & up): Tap into your inner artist by designing your very own hanging scroll called kakejiku, and then pair it with your own haiku poem. ($2.50/student/max. 20 students)

For more information, or to book a program, contact the Youth & Outreach Coordinator by email at park-mmoutreach@pbcgov.org or call 561-233-1329.

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