Events

Program registrations are now open. 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.

fingers on koto
Japanese Traditional Music
Koto: Beginners I & II
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! 
10:30AM, Saturday, April 10, 2021
Morikami Theater
Tea ceremony
Tea Ceremony Class
Sado: Beginners 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.
10:15AM, Sunday, April 11, 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, April 11, 2021
Tea House
Tea ceremony
Tea Ceremony Class
Sado: Beginners Thursdays
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, April 15, 2021
Tea House
fingers on koto
Japanese Traditional Music
Koto: Intermediate
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! 
10:30AM, Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Morikami Theater
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! The group meets in Classroom B and orders lunch from the Cornell Café. For more information please email Christine Carton at christinec@gate.net. September 9 The Miracle of the Namiya General Store by Keigo Higashino When three delinquents hole up in …

12:00PM, Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Cornell Cafe
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) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life.
12:00PM, Saturday, April 24, 2021
Morikami Theater
Tea ceremony
Tea Ceremony Class
Sado: Beginners 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.
10:15AM, Sunday, May 2, 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, May 2, 2021
Tea House
Pink flowers in metal vases
Ikebana Flower Arrangement
Ikenobo Class
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, May 4, 2021
Oki Education Center
Ikebana Flower Arrangement
Sogetsu Class
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, May 5, 2021
Oki Education Center
Tea ceremony
Tea Ceremony Class
Sado: Beginners Thursdays
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, May 6, 2021
Tea House
Hand using sumi-e brush
Ink Painting Floral & Landscape
Sumi-E Floral (Thursday Beginners)
Thursday 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, May 6, 2021
Oki Education Center
Speaker Series - Talk by Paula Arai
Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra – The Buddhist Art of Iwasaki Tsuneo
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Free Lecture: No reservations. Tickets will be given out the day of the event, at a first come, first served basis. Paula Arai received her Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University, specializing in Japanese Sōtō Zen. She is author of Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra––The Buddhist Art of Iwasaki Tsuneo (Shambhala Publications, …

1:00PM, Friday, May 7, 2021
Morikami Theater
FREE (with paid museum admission)
Sumi-e mountain range
Ink Painting Floral & Landscape
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, May 7, 2021
Oki Education Center
Morikami Film Series
Kubo and the Two Strings
Sponsored by The Rubens Family Foundation

11:00AM, Sunday, May 9, 2021
Morikami Theater
with paid museum admission
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Mother’s Day Nuigurumi
FREE with paid museum admission.
Nuigurumi is the Japanese word for stuffed toy or plushie. Come make your own no-sew mini animal plushie using Japanese folding techniques on fabric. Perfect to keep for yourself, or give as a gift for Mom!
12:00PM, Sunday, May 9, 2021
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Morikami Film Series
Kubo and the Two Strings
Sponsored by The Rubens Family Foundation

2:00PM, Sunday, May 9, 2021
Morikami Theater
with paid museum admission
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! The group meets in Classroom B and orders lunch from the Cornell Café. For more information please email Christine Carton at christinec@gate.net. September 9 The Miracle of the Namiya General Store by Keigo Higashino When three delinquents hole up in …

12:00PM, Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Cornell Cafe
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) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life.
12:00PM, Saturday, May 15, 2021
Morikami Theater
Ikebana Flower Arrangement
Sogetsu Class
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, June 2, 2021
Oki Education Center
Tea ceremony
Tea Ceremony Class
Sado: Beginners Thursdays
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, June 3, 2021
Tea House
Hand using sumi-e brush
Ink Painting Floral & Landscape
Sumi-E Floral (Thursday Beginners)
Thursday 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, June 3, 2021
Oki Education Center
Morikami Goes to Portland

Rescheduled! A magnificent tour of Portland’s gardens, museums and culinary explorations await those seeking to broaden their cultural horizons. This five day, four night trip includes visits to some of Portland’s most notable stops, including: The Portland Japanese Gardens (private tour) The Lan Su Chinese Gardens (private tour) The Samaritan Gardens of Lebanon, Oregon (guided tour provided …

7:00PM, Thursday, June 3, 2021
Off-site
Sumi-e mountain range
Ink Painting Floral & Landscape
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, June 4, 2021
Oki Education Center
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