Events

Due to the ongoing public health threat of COVID-19, programs are subject to change and/or cancellation.  By participating, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  A signed waiver form will be required to participate in classes and workshops.  View or print waiver form here.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be issued to registrants.

All programs are open for registration on August 1st of each year for the upcoming season. Each season runs from October through the summer of the next year.

Adult Workshop
The Art of Kokedama
Japanese art of growing plants in a moss-covered ball of soil.
Kokedama is the Japanese art of growing plants in a moss-covered ball of soil. It is wrapped with string and contains an ornamental plant growing inside. These beautiful and decorative plants bring an organic and natural touch to planting orchids, succulents, and other ornamental plants. Learn the mechanics of how to make kokedama, creating two regular size and one small one to decorate your home or to give away to a special person.
10:00AM, Saturday, December 4, 2021
Oki Education Center
Tea ceremony
Tea Ceremony Class
Sado: Beginner
Thursday & Sunday Sessions
Expand upon your knowledge of Japanese tea ceremony in this hands-on class. Perform traditional Japanese tea ceremony, with its ever-evolving seasonal subtleties, in the authentic Seishin-an Tea House under the guidance of instructor Yoshiko Hardick. The tea ceremony changes from month to month and from season to season. The Beginners class and Intermediate class will share one class session together.
10:15AM, Sunday, December 5, 2021
Tea House
Tea ceremony
Tea Ceremony Class
Sado: Intermediate Sundays
Expand upon your knowledge of Japanese tea ceremony in this hands-on class. Perform traditional Japanese tea ceremony, with its ever-evolving seasonal subtleties, in the authentic Seishin-an Tea House under the guidance of instructor Yoshiko Hardick. The tea ceremony changes from month to month and from season to season.
1:00PM, Sunday, December 5, 2021
Tea House
Ikebana Flower Arrangement
Ikebana Ikenobo Class
Tuesday Sessions
Flower arranging, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art form spanning centuries. Ikebana has various different schools of study, each with unique philosophies and aesthetics. Dating back to the 15th century, the Ikenobo School is the oldest and most traditional. Students in this course learn the basic principles and style of Ikenobo, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy. Beginners welcome!
11:00AM, Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Oki Education Center
Morikami Book Club
Open to all Morikami Members

Join Wisdom Ring member Christine Carton and fellow Morikami members as they start their new season of exciting book reading! For more information please email Christine Carton at christinec@gate.net. Morikami Book Club 2021-2022 Selection October 13 - Memoirs of a Kamikaze: By Kazuo Odashi Written by a member of the very first group of Kamikaze “volunteer’s WWII Tells his …

12:00PM, Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Hand using sumi-e brush
Ink Painting | Beginner & Intermediate
Sumi-E Floral
Thursday & Friday Sessions
Sumi-e is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Primarily done in black ink, the name literally means “charcoal drawing” in Japanese. Students grind their own ink using an ink stick and a grinding stone and learn to hold and utilize brushes to create the primary sumi-e brushstrokes. Floral and landscape classes will start with a review of the basic techniques before moving on to the main subject. Beginners welcome!
10:30AM, Thursday, December 9, 2021
Oki Education Center
Karesansui Raking Demonstration
Karesansui or dry landscape garden, is founded on Zen ideology using carefully composed rock arrangements and gravel or sand. A karesansui is carefully raked to represent characteristics of water such as currents and waves while boulder arrangements may be interpreted as islands. Learn about our Late Rock Garden and observe how the raking can be a practice in mindfulness and meditation.
10:30AM, Friday, December 10, 2021
Morikami Gardens
Assorted gift-wrapped items
The Art of Japanese Gift Presentation Workshop
Adult Workshop
Learn the customs and art of Japanese gift presentation in this hands-on workshop. Combining traditional with contemporary aesthetics, participants are introduced to the beauty of Japanese packaging and design, often times incorporating natural and unconventional materials. Learn to wrap with washi (Japanese traditional handmade paper), create uniquely designed boxes, and other techniques to give your gift an Asian-inspired elegance. Workshop tools and materials will be provided for the participants to use.
10:30AM, Saturday, December 11, 2021
Oki Education Center
Tea ceremony matcha
The Way Of Tea: Sado Demonstration
Japanese Traditional Ceremony
Observe Japanese sado, an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. Your involvement in the true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life.
12:00PM, Saturday, December 11, 2021
Morikami Theater
Assorted gift-wrapped items
The Art of Japanese Gift Presentation Workshop
Adult Workshop
Learn the customs and art of Japanese gift presentation in this hands-on workshop. Combining traditional with contemporary aesthetics, participants are introduced to the beauty of Japanese packaging and design, often times incorporating natural and unconventional materials. Learn to wrap with washi (Japanese traditional handmade paper), create uniquely designed boxes, and other techniques to give your gift an Asian-inspired elegance. Workshop tools and materials will be provided for the participants to use.
1:30PM, Saturday, December 11, 2021
Oki Education Center
Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the Morikami Film Series
Film: Isle of Dogs
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture. – Rotten Tomatoes
11:00AM, Sunday, December 12, 2021
Morikami Theater
(FREE for members for Membership Appreciation Weekend, limited tickets available) Members must reserve their FREE ticket(s) in advance here.
Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the Morikami Film Series
Film: Isle of Dogs
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture. – Rotten Tomatoes
2:00PM, Sunday, December 12, 2021
Morikami Theater
(FREE for members for Membership Appreciation Weekend, limited tickets available) Members must reserve their FREE ticket(s) in advance here.
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun: Nengajo: New Year’s Cards (Virtual)
Virtual Activity
Create a nengajō—Japanese New Year’s card—to share with friends and family during the holiday season.
10:00AM, Saturday, December 18, 2021
Virtual
Craft templates & instructions posted the day of the event.
Dyed fabric drying on a line
Adult Workshop
Shibori Indigo Workshop
The use of indigo dye, or aizome, has a long and cherished history in Japan. The deep blue colors for which Japanese textiles are celebrated come from the leaves of the tade ai, a plant introduced to Japan from China in the sixth century. Shibori is a Japanese technique of manual resist dyeing used to make patterns on fabrics. Learn various shibori techniques and get a chance to make your own shibori creation.
10:00AM, Saturday, December 18, 2021
Oki Education Center
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Kusudama and Holiday Trees (Virtual)
Virtual Activity
Kusudama is a hanging paper decoration that is made up of origami and held together by glue or string. Learn how to make a flower kusudama and see how it paved the way for modular origami by making a modular holiday tree.
12:00PM, Saturday, December 18, 2021
Virtual
Craft templates & instructions posted the day of the event.
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun: Nengajo: New Year’s Cards (Virtual)
Virtual Activity
Create a nengajō—Japanese New Year’s card—to share with friends and family during the holiday season.
10:00AM, Sunday, December 19, 2021
Virtual
Craft templates & instructions posted the day of the event.
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun: Nengajo: New Year’s Cards (Virtual)
Virtual Activity
Create a nengajō—Japanese New Year’s card—to share with friends and family during the holiday season.
10:00AM, Monday, December 20, 2021
Virtual
Craft templates & instructions posted the day of the event.
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun: Nengajo: New Year’s Cards (Virtual)
Virtual Activity
Create a nengajō—Japanese New Year’s card—to share with friends and family during the holiday season.
10:00AM, Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Virtual
Craft templates & instructions posted the day of the event.
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun: Nengajo: New Year’s Cards (Virtual)
Virtual Activity
Create a nengajō—Japanese New Year’s card—to share with friends and family during the holiday season.
10:00AM, Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Virtual
Craft templates & instructions posted the day of the event.
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun: Nengajo: New Year’s Cards (Virtual)
Virtual Activity
Create a nengajō—Japanese New Year’s card—to share with friends and family during the holiday season.
10:00AM, Thursday, December 23, 2021
Virtual
Craft templates & instructions posted the day of the event.
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun: Nengajo: New Year’s Cards (Virtual)
Virtual Activity
Create a nengajō—Japanese New Year’s card—to share with friends and family during the holiday season.
10:00AM, Friday, December 24, 2021
Virtual
Craft templates & instructions posted the day of the event.
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun: Nengajo: New Year’s Cards (Virtual)
Virtual Activity
Create a nengajō—Japanese New Year’s card—to share with friends and family during the holiday season.
10:00AM, Saturday, December 25, 2021
Virtual
Craft templates & instructions posted the day of the event.
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun: Nengajo: New Year’s Cards (Virtual)
Virtual Activity
Create a nengajō—Japanese New Year’s card—to share with friends and family during the holiday season.
10:00AM, Sunday, December 26, 2021
Virtual
Craft templates & instructions posted the day of the event.
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun: Nengajo: New Year’s Cards (Virtual)
Virtual Activity
Create a nengajō—Japanese New Year’s card—to share with friends and family during the holiday season.
10:00AM, Monday, December 27, 2021
Virtual
Craft templates & instructions posted the day of the event.
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun: Nengajo: New Year’s Cards (Virtual)
Virtual Activity
Create a nengajō—Japanese New Year’s card—to share with friends and family during the holiday season.
10:00AM, Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Virtual
Craft templates & instructions posted the day of the event.
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