Cultural Demonstrations

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

The Way Of Tea: Sado Demonstration
Japanese Traditional Instrument
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, November 16, 2019
Tea House
1:30PM, Saturday, November 16, 2019
Tea House
3:00PM, Saturday, November 16, 2019
Tea House
12:00PM, Saturday, December 14, 2019
Tea House
1:30PM, Saturday, December 14, 2019
Tea House
3:00PM, Saturday, December 14, 2019
Tea House
12:00PM, Saturday, February 15, 2020
Tea House
1:30PM, Saturday, February 15, 2020
Tea House
3:00PM, Saturday, February 15, 2020
Tea House
12:00PM, Saturday, March 21, 2020
Tea House
1:30PM, Saturday, March 21, 2020
Tea House
3:00PM, Saturday, March 21, 2020
Tea House
12:00PM, Saturday, April 18, 2020
Tea House
1:30PM, Saturday, April 18, 2020
Tea House
3:00PM, Saturday, April 18, 2020
Tea House
12:00PM, Saturday, May 16, 2020
Tea House
1:30PM, Saturday, May 16, 2020
Tea House
3:00PM, Saturday, May 16, 2020
Tea House
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 13, 2019
Morikami Gardens
10:30AM, Saturday, February 22, 2020
Morikami Gardens
10:30AM, Friday, March 27, 2020
Morikami Gardens
Kimono Culture Demonstration
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, January 25, 2020
Tea House
1:30PM, Saturday, January 25, 2020
Tea House
3:00PM, Saturday, January 25, 2020
Tea House
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
1:30PM, Saturday, April 11, 2020
Tea House
3:00PM, Saturday, April 11, 2020
Tea House
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