Outreach Programs

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19 (Corona Virus) and its effect on Florida, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden will not be conducting in-person Outreach Programs until further notice. Please continually visit our website for up-to-date developments. However, we would like to inform you that at this time we are instead offering Virtual Outreach for your institution should you still wish to book a program. For Virtual Outreach all applicable material and transportation fees will be waived, as the Morikami cannot provide participating outreach patrons with any supplies nor can we come to their location. We place top priority on the well-being and safety of our Morikami staff, as well as that of our outreach program guests, and are being diligent in taking measures to protect anyone who may be at risk of falling ill or being a carrier. We look forward to a time when we can safely meet with you again.

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, email VMontiel@pbcgov.org or call (561) 233-1329.

Adult Outreach Programs

Hands-on Workshops:

  • Origami: Turn flat pieces of paper into three dimensional works of art. (Max. 20 participants)**

Presentations: (PowerPoint)

  • 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 power point 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.
  • *Introduction to Traditional Japanese Fashion – Introduces the different styles of traditional Japanese clothing (i.e. wedding kimono, formal kimono, summer kimono, yukatajinbeihakama 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 for the audience.

Presentation duration: 40-45 minutes, includes Q&A
(Presentations can be adjusted down to 30 minutes or up to 60 minutes).

Outreach Program Fees:

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

For more information, or to book a program, contact Virginia Montiel by email at vmontiel@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 may also apply.

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

Cultural Interactions

Program fee is $60 per session.

  • Introduction to Japan (K-5th grade): What is 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: $50 plus the material fee as indicated. Through a kamishibai (Japanese picture story), discover a folk tale from Japan. Afterwards, 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 shapeshifting 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 are 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)

Cultural Creations

Program fee: $50 plus material fees as indicated.

  • Origami (2nd & up): Turn flat pieces of paper into three dimensional works of art! ($2/student)
  • Uchiwa Fans (K – 5th): Students make a flat summer paper fan. ($2.50/student)
  • Masks (2nd – 4th): Students make a pop-culture mask using craft materials. ($2.50/student)
  • Fish Prints (K & up): Make a traditional gyotaku print using real fish! ($2.50/student) Not available for Virtual Outreach
  • Chigirie (4th & up): Make a post-card-sized picture using Japanese style paper collage techniques called chigirie. ($2.50/student) *Great for adults too!
  • Kite Making (1st – 3rd): Students make a simple kite. Color, fold and fly! ($2/student)
  • Miniature Garden Making (2nd -5th): Use real plants, stones, soil and sand to create a mini-Japanese garden of your own. ($5/student)
  • 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)

For more information, or to book a program, contact Virginia Montiel by email at vmontiel@pbcgov.org or call 561-233-1329.

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In accordance with the Palm Beach County directive, as of August 2nd, 2021, facial coverings for all people will be mandatory indoors while visiting the Morikami Museum.
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