Cultural Demonstrations

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health threat, we are suspending public programs scheduled from March 16 through April 30, 2020. Morikami will continue to reevaluate and reassess as information about the virus and its impact on public health is presented.

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).

Explore each cultural demonstration page or browse the full list.

Karesansui Raking Kimono Culture Koto Instrument Sado Tea

Koto Demonstration
Japanese Traditional Instrument
Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan and 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 11, 2020
Tea House
(CANCELLED)
1:30PM, Saturday, April 11, 2020
Tea House
(CANCELLED)
3:00PM, Saturday, April 11, 2020
Tea House
(CANCELLED)
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 18, 2020
Tea House
CANCELLED
1:30PM, Saturday, April 18, 2020
Tea House
CANCELLED
3:00PM, Saturday, April 18, 2020
Tea House
CANCELLED
12:00PM, Saturday, May 16, 2020
Tea House
1:30PM, Saturday, May 16, 2020
Tea House
3:00PM, Saturday, May 16, 2020
Tea House
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Out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of our museum visitors, volunteers and staff through the COVID-19 public health threat, the Museum & Gardens are closed until further notice.
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