Classes

Morikami offers an assortment of Japanese cultural and art classes taught by experienced instructors. Class sessions run from 1 to 2 months each and are purchased as a “session only”, not individual classes. Click on the classes below for more information.

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

Please note that any registration for classes or workshops close by 4:00pm the day before the 1st class. For those happening on the weekend they close the Friday prior by 2:00pm.

Upcoming
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, October 15, 2019
Oki Education Center
11:00AM, Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Oki Education Center
11:00AM, Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Oki Education Center
11:00AM, Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Oki Education Center
11:00AM, Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Oki Education Center
11:00AM, Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Oki Education Center
11:00AM, Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Oki Education Center
11:00AM, Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Oki Education Center
Upcoming
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, October 16, 2019
Oki Education Center
1:30PM, Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Oki Education Center
1:30PM, Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Oki Education Center
1:30PM, Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Oki Education Center
1:30PM, Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Oki Education Center
1:30PM, Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Oki Education Center
1:30PM, Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Oki Education Center
1:30PM, Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Oki Education Center
Today's
Hand using sumi-e brush
Ink Painting Floral & Landscape
Sumi-E Floral
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, November 1, 2019
Oki Education Center
4-week session
10:30AM, Friday, December 6, 2019
Oki Education Center
3-week session
10:30AM, Friday, January 10, 2020
Oki Education Center
4-week session
10:30AM, Friday, February 7, 2020
Oki Education Center
4-week session
10:30AM, Friday, March 6, 2020
Oki Education Center
3-week session
10:30AM, Friday, April 3, 2020
Oki Education Center
4-week session
10:30AM, Friday, May 1, 2020
Oki Education Center
4-week session
10:30AM, Friday, June 5, 2020
Oki Education Center
4-week session
Today's
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, November 1, 2019
Oki Education Center
4-week session
1:30PM, Friday, December 6, 2019
Oki Education Center
3-week session
1:30PM, Friday, January 10, 2020
Oki Education Center
4-week session
1:30PM, Friday, February 7, 2020
Oki Education Center
4-week session
1:30PM, Friday, March 6, 2020
Oki Education Center
3-week session
1:30PM, Friday, April 3, 2020
Oki Education Center
4-week session
1:30PM, Friday, May 1, 2020
Oki Education Center
4-week session
1:30PM, Friday, June 5, 2020
Oki Education Center
4-week session
Today's
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, November 7, 2019
Tea House
10:15AM, Thursday, December 5, 2019
Tea House
10:15AM, Thursday, January 9, 2020
Tea House
10:15AM, Thursday, February 6, 2020
Tea House
10:15AM, Thursday, March 12, 2020
Tea House
10:15AM, Thursday, April 9, 2020
Tea House
10:15AM, Thursday, May 7, 2020
Tea House
10:15AM, Thursday, June 4, 2020
Tea House
10:15AM, Thursday, July 9, 2020
Tea House
Today's
Hand using sumi-e brush
Ink Painting Floral & Landscape
Sumi-E Floral (Thursday Beginner's)
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, November 7, 2019
Oki Education Center
3-week session
10:30AM, Thursday, December 5, 2019
Oki Education Center
3-week session
10:30AM, Thursday, January 9, 2020
Oki Education Center
4-week session
10:30AM, Thursday, February 6, 2020
Oki Education Center
4-week session
10:30AM, Thursday, March 5, 2020
Oki Education Center
3-week session
10:30AM, Thursday, April 2, 2020
Oki Education Center
4-week session
10:30AM, Thursday, May 7, 2020
Oki Education Center
3-week session
10:30AM, Thursday, June 4, 2020
Oki Education Center
Today's
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. The Beginners class and Intermediate class will share one class session together.
10:15AM, Sunday, November 10, 2019
Tea House
10:15AM, Sunday, December 8, 2019
Tea House
10:15AM, Sunday, January 5, 2020
Tea House
10:15AM, Sunday, February 2, 2020
Tea House
10:15AM, Sunday, March 1, 2020
Tea House
10:15AM, Sunday, April 19, 2020
Tea House
10:15AM, Sunday, May 3, 2020
Tea House
10:15AM, Sunday, June 7, 2020
Tea House
10:15AM, Sunday, July 12, 2020
Tea House
Today's
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. The Beginners class and Intermediate class will share one class session together.
1:00PM, Sunday, November 10, 2019
Tea House
1:00PM, Sunday, December 8, 2019
Tea House
1:00PM, Sunday, January 5, 2020
Tea House
1:00PM, Sunday, February 2, 2020
Tea House
1:00PM, Sunday, March 1, 2020
Tea House
1:00PM, Sunday, April 19, 2020
Tea House
1:00PM, Sunday, May 3, 2020
Tea House
1:00PM, Sunday, June 7, 2020
Tea House
1:00PM, Sunday, July 12, 2020
Tea House
Today's
hand pruning bonsai
The Art of Bonsai
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!
1:00PM, Sunday, November 10, 2019
Oki Education Center
Intermediate Class
1:00PM, Sunday, November 10, 2019
Oki Education Center
Beginners Class
9:00AM, Sunday, January 5, 2020
Oki Education Center
Intermediate Class
1:00PM, Sunday, January 5, 2020
Oki Education Center
Beginners Class
9:00AM, Sunday, February 16, 2020
Oki Education Center
Intermediate Class
1:00PM, Sunday, February 16, 2020
Oki Education Center
Beginners Class
Today's
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, November 13, 2019
Morikami Theater
10:30AM, Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Morikami Theater
10:30AM, Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Morikami Theater
10:30AM, Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Morikami Theater
10:30AM, Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Morikami Theater
Today's
fingers on koto
Japanese Traditional Music
Koto: Beginners 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, November 23, 2019
Morikami Theater
10:30AM, Saturday, January 11, 2020
Morikami Theater
10:30AM, Saturday, February 29, 2020
Morikami Theater
10:30AM, Saturday, April 18, 2020
Morikami Theater
Today's
fingers on koto
Japanese Traditional Music
Koto: Beginners I
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! 
1:00PM, Saturday, November 23, 2019
Morikami Theater
1:00PM, Saturday, January 11, 2020
Morikami Theater
1:00PM, Saturday, February 29, 2020
Morikami Theater
1:00PM, Saturday, April 18, 2020
Morikami Theater
Today's
Introduction to Japanese
Nihongo: Level 1
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. 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, January 5, 2020
Classroom A
10:15AM, Sunday, March 1, 2020
Classroom A
Today's
Introduction to Japanese
Nihongo: Level 2
This level includes more expressions and sentence structures and introduces katakana reading and writing. Topics include, but are not limited to, visiting a Japanese home, business, and socializing. 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.
11:25AM, Sunday, January 5, 2020
Classroom A
11:25AM, Sunday, March 1, 2020
Classroom A
Today's
Introduction to Japanese
Nihongo: Level 3
This level 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.
12:40PM, Sunday, January 5, 2020
Classroom A
12:40PM, Sunday, March 1, 2020
Classroom A
Today's
Introduction to Japanese
Nihongo: Level 4
This concluding level uses 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. 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.
1:50PM, Sunday, January 5, 2020
Classroom A
1:50PM, Sunday, March 1, 2020
Classroom A

If you would like to be on a waiting list for a sold out session, please email Lisa Niven (Education Program Coordinator) at lniven@pbcgov.org to add your name. Let her know how many spaces you need and for which session(s).  If a space opens up she will contact you for registration.

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