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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.

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, March 3, 2022
Oki Education Center
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, Friday, March 4, 2022
Oki Education Center
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, March 4, 2022
Oki Education Center
Kaiju Block Print
Block Printing Workshop
Adult & Youth Workshops
Japan has a long, rich history of woodblock printing, called mokuhanga, dating back to the 11th century. The ukiyo-e genre of block prints flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries.  Morikami is offering a workshop with a modern twist on this ancient art form, where participants can carve and print with linoleum blocks to create unique and exciting imagery.
10:30AM, Saturday, March 5, 2022
Oki Education Center
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Kumihimo (Virtual)
Kumihimo is the traditional technique of making braids and cords in Japan. Join us in making a kumihimo bracelet for yourself or a loved one.
12:00PM, Saturday, March 5, 2022
Virtual
Tea ceremony
Sado: Tea Ceremony Workshop
Omotesenke School
This workshop teaches the basics of sadō – The Way of Tea – necessary to understand the aesthetics of sadō and to fully enjoy the tea ceremony itself. Participants become familiar with how to participate as a guest, how to make a bowl of tea, and serve it.
1:00PM, Saturday, March 5, 2022
Tea House
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, March 6, 2022
In-Person or Virtual
Level I: 10:15am-11:15pm (In-person) or 1:00pm– 2:00pm (Virtual) - Two Level I classes to choose from. Students must only choose 1 class option.

Level II: 2:10pm–3:10pm (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.
3:20PM, Sunday, March 6, 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 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, March 9, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
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, March 13, 2022
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, March 13, 2022
Tea House
Discussion led by Filmmaker Akira Boch
Speaker Series: The Underground Scene in LA and Tokyo: Art + Music - Documentary Short Film Screenings
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
Delve into the underground scene of LA and Tokyo through three documentary short films - Atomic Cafe: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town, Our Man in Tokyo: The Ballad of Shin Miyata, and Giant Robot: Kind of Like Home by award-winning filmmaker Akira Boch. How did a family-owned restaurant in LA’s Japan Town come to be the popular hang-out for the punk rock scene in the late 1970s?
1:00PM, Sunday, March 13, 2022
Morikami Theater
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, March 19, 2022
Morikami Theater
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, March 25, 2022
Morikami Gardens
Adult Workshop
The Joy of Carving - Chirirenge Ramen Spoon Edition
Chirirenge in Japanese is the name of the soup spoons from Asia and used as ramen spoons in Japan. Unlike the western spoon, it has a flat bottom and is deep to hold more soup. The handle is curved upwards and the shape mimics a fallen petal of the lotus flower called renge in Japanese. The word chiri means “to fall off.”
10:00AM, Saturday, March 26, 2022
Oki Education Center
This is a 2-day workshop - Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27, 2022
Hands with sticks beating drums
The Way Of Taiko: The Heartbeat Of Japan
Traditional Drum Workshop
The workshop includes an introduction to the history of taiko. Participants are taught how to understand sounds and movements, i.e., how to connect nature and the meaning of body movement. They become familiar with the way of taiko and drumming techniques. Instruments are provided for you.
11:00AM, Sunday, March 27, 2022
Morikami Theater
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, April 5, 2022
Oki Education Center
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, April 5, 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, April 6, 2022
Oki Education Center
Beginners
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!
1:30PM, Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Oki Education Center
Intermediate
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, April 7, 2022
Oki Education Center
All programs are VIRTUAL, unless stated otherwise. No reservations needed.
Mori Stories: Kamishibai Folktales
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, April 7, 2022
Virtual
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, Friday, April 8, 2022
Oki Education Center
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, April 8, 2022
Oki Education Center
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, April 9, 2022
Oki Education Center
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