Cultural Demonstrations

Updated Health & Safety Guidelines

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 Orchid Weekend Sado Tea

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
12:00PM, Saturday, November 19, 2022
Morikami Theater
12:00PM, Saturday, December 10, 2022
Morikami Theater
12:00PM, Saturday, January 21, 2023
Morikami Theater
12:00PM, Saturday, February 11, 2023
Morikami Theater
12:00PM, Saturday, March 18, 2023
Morikami Theater
12:00PM, Saturday, April 15, 2023
Morikami Theater
12:00PM, Saturday, May 27, 2023
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, Thursday, December 15, 2022
Morikami Gardens
10:30AM, Thursday, February 16, 2023
Morikami Gardens
10:30AM, Thursday, March 16, 2023
Morikami Gardens
Kimono Culture Demonstration
Japanese Traditional Clothing
Not all kimono are created equal! Learn about traditional styles of kimono, with their rich culture, seasonal subtleties, and symbolic nuances. Observe a demonstration on how to properly put on and wear a kimono. Learn about the elegance of the formal kimono with its exquisite designs and finery worn to attend weddings, parties, special celebrations, and holidays.
11:00AM, Saturday, February 25, 2023
Morikami Theater
Japanese Traditional Music Instrument
Koto Demonstration
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises Inc.
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, May 13, 2023
Morikami Theater
1:30PM, Saturday, May 13, 2023
Morikami Theater
3:00PM, Saturday, May 13, 2023
Morikami Theater
Educational Programming
Registration Opens for the NEW Season 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, Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:00AM, Thursday, August 1, 2024
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:00AM, Friday, August 1, 2025
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
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