Cultural Demonstrations

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.

Experience Japanese culture in our live demonstrations on select Saturdays throughout the season. Each demonstration offers our visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture. Enjoy sado (tea ceremony), koto (a traditional stringed instrument) and kitsuke (kimono culture).

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.

Explore each cultural demonstration page or browse the full list.

Karesansui Raking Kimono Culture Koto Instrument Sado Tea

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, October 24, 2020
Morikami Theater
Times: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm

For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

12:00PM, Saturday, November 21, 2020
Morikami Theater
Times: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm

For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

12:00PM, Saturday, December 12, 2020
Morikami Theater
Times: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm

For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

12:00PM, Saturday, February 13, 2021
Morikami Theater
Times: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm

For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

12:00PM, Saturday, March 13, 2021
Morikami Theater
Times: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm

For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

12:00PM, Saturday, April 24, 2021
Morikami Theater
Times: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm

For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

12:00PM, Saturday, May 15, 2021
Morikami Theater
Times: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm

For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

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 11, 2020
Morikami Gardens
10:30AM, Saturday, February 20, 2021
Morikami Gardens
10:30AM, Friday, March 26, 2021
Morikami Gardens
Koto Demonstration
Japanese Traditional Instrument
Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th century. Learn the fascinating history of this exquisite instrument, and listen to its captivating and tranquil sounds demonstrated by koto teacher, Mrs. Yoshiko Carlton.
12:00PM, Saturday, April 3, 2021
Morikami Theater
Times: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm

For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

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