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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.

Yamato-kan Reopening
Yamato-Kan Reopening
Members Only Preview
Join us in celebrating the rededication of the Yamto-kan - the original museum building of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, located in the Roji-en garden.
10:00AM, Friday, September 30, 2022
Yamato-kan
Members Only Preview Day: September 30, 2022 Open To The Public: October 1, 2022
Lanterns and trees
Therapeutic Garden Walking Program
Stroll for Well-Being

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9:00AM, Saturday, October 1, 2022
Morikami Gardens
Dyed fabric drying on a line
Workshop for Adults
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, October 1, 2022
Oki Education Center
Educational Programming
NEW Season Starts Today
All programs open for Registration and Ticket purchase(s).
The season runs from October of the present year through the summer of the following year. The season is available for registration and ticket purchases on August 1st every year.
10:00AM, Saturday, October 1, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Japanese Traditional Music
Koto: Beginner & Intermediate
Saturday Sessions
Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th centuries. Learn about the history, culture and techniques in how to play this exquisite instrument in this 5-week course. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the class. *Beginner II courses are for students with prior experience or have taken Beginner I courses.  Beginners and intermediate students are welcome! 
10:15AM, Saturday, October 1, 2022
Morikami Theater
hand pruning bonsai
The Art of Bonsai
Sunday Sessions
Bonsai means “a tree in a tray.” The art of bonsai creates the illusion of age and maturity of a tree which has developed and sustained the effects of nature for many years. Students of bonsai learn to artfully trim and train a tree in a container. Beginners and Intermediate Students welcome!
9:00AM, Sunday, October 2, 2022
Oki Education Center
Introduction to Japanese Language
Nihongo Language: Level I & II
Sunday Sessions
These preliminary levels introduce basic survival Japanese, grammar, and hiragana writing and reading. Topics include, but are not limited to, meeting people, shopping, and dining. Each level has 3 parts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) which should be taken sequentially before you can move on to the next level.
10:15AM, Sunday, October 2, 2022
In-Person or Virtual
Level I: 10:15am-11:15am (In-person) or 6:10pm– 7:10pm (virtual) | Level II: 11:30am–12:30pm (virtual)
Introduction to Japanese Language
Nihongo Language: Level III & IV
Sunday Sessions
Level III introduces kanji and starts with a review of hiragana and katakana. Part 1 focuses on reading and writing kanji before moving into the textbook in Part 2. Topics include, but are not limited to, planning a trip, talking about past experiences, and getting advice. Part 1-3 sessions of each level should be taken sequentially as a series. Each level has 3 parts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) which should be taken sequentially before you can move on to the next level. Level IV, the concluding level uses a more complex sentence structure and introduces new kanji and a review of kanji from previous levels. Topics and grammar points include, but are not limited to, using quotations, expressing potentiality, and making hypothetical statements.
5:00PM, Sunday, October 2, 2022
Virtual
Level III: 7:20pm–8:20pm (virtual) | Level IV: 5:00pm–6:00pm (virtual)
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!
1:00PM, Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Oki Education Center
Ikebana Flower Arrangement
Ikebana Sogetsu Class
Wednesday 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. The Sogetsu School is a contemporary school which focuses on the creativity and individuality of ikebana. The idea is that ikebana can be done by anyone, anywhere, with almost anything. Students will learn the basics of Sogetsu and create pieces each week to take home and enjoy. Beginners and Intermediate students welcome!
10:00AM, Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Oki Education Center
Beginners – 10:00am –12:00pm | Intermediate - 1:30pm- 3:30pm
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, October 6, 2022
Oki Education Center
Beginners only class
All programs will take place in the Kamiya Room, unless stated otherwise. No reservations needed.
Mori Stories: Kamishibai Folktales
Readings start at 1:00pm (Lasts approximately an hour with the activity.)
Bring the whole family and delve into the world of Japanese folklore or stories through kamishibai, Paper Theater. Join us for a reading of these classic stories. Reading starts on the hour with a short related activity to follow.
1:00PM, Thursday, October 6, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
“The Magic Rice Paddle”
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, Friday, October 7, 2022
Oki Education Center
Beginner & Intermediate combined class
Sumi-e mountain range
Ink Painting | Beginner & Intermediate
Sumi-E Landscape
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!
1:30PM, Friday, October 7, 2022
Oki Education Center
Tea Ceremony Class
Sado: Beginner
Thursday or 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, October 9, 2022
Tea House
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, October 9, 2022
Tea House
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 2022-2023 Selection 1A & 1B: We will read both books.  1B - Will be discussed during the lecture series at the Museum on October 29. 1A …

12:00PM, Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Tea Ceremony Class
Sado: Beginner
Thursday or 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, Thursday, October 13, 2022
Tea House
Woman Performing Tea Ceremony
Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremony
The Way Of Tea: Sado Demonstration
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises Inc.
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, October 15, 2022
Morikami Theater
Language Lessons (Level I - Part 1-3)
Nihongo: Japanese Intensive Workshop I
The Nihongo: Japanese Intensive Workshops are a fast-paced introductory series consisting of three separate  3-day sessions. The full series can be taken as an alternative to the entire Nihongo: Introduction to Japanese Level I Class series. Students who complete all three workshops will be ready for Nihongo: Introduction to Japanese Level II Class the following season.  This preliminary level introduces basic survival Japanese, grammar, and hiragana writing and reading. Topics include, but are not limited to, meeting people, shopping, and dining.
1:00PM, Saturday, October 22, 2022
Virtual
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 2022-2023 Selection 1A & 1B: We will read both books.  1B - Will be discussed during the lecture series at the Museum on October 29. 1A …

12:00PM, Saturday, October 29, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Spooky Origami
Boo! Learn how to make an origami ghost to celebrate Halloween.
12:00PM, Saturday, October 29, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the Morikami Film Series
Film: Ju-On: The Grudge
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
Perplexing, creepy, episodic thriller in which an unsuspecting social worker unlocks the terrifying past of a house haunted by its former inhabitants' darkest secrets. Written and directed by Takashi Shimizu, who also made the 2004 U.S. version starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.
3:00PM, Saturday, October 29, 2022
Morikami Theater
Please note: Patrons under the age of 17 require an accompanying parent or guardian (age 21 or older) to attend R-rated performances. 25 years and under must also show ID for R-rated performances.
Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the Morikami Film Series
Film: A Letter to Momo
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand-drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deeply felt emotion and drama.
11:00AM, Sunday, October 30, 2022
Morikami Theater
11:00am (Dubbed in English) | 2:00pm (In Japanese, subtitled in English)
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!
1:00PM, Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Oki Education Center
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