Special Programs

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.

Morikami provides informative and unique experiences for all ages through its Special Programs. Here you will find educational and cultural programming related to our current exhibitions and all things Japan—lectures, films, performances, special events, and more!

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 special programs page or browse the full list.

Films Gala Morikami Book Club Mori Stories Performance Speaker Series Stroll for Well-Being

Morikami Book Club
Open to all Morikami Members

Join Wisdom Ring member Christine Carton and fellow Morikami members as they start their new season of exciting book reading! For more information please email Christine Carton at christinec@gate.net. Morikami Book Club 2021-2022 Selection October 13 - Memoirs of a Kamikaze: By Kazuo Odashi Written by a member of the very first group of Kamikaze “volunteer’s WWII Tells his …

12:00PM, Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the Morikami Film Series
Film: On-Gaku - Our Sound
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
When you’re a bored teenager looking for thrills, sometimes the only thing you can turn to is rock ‘n roll. Having no skill, money, or even a full set of drums, a feared trio of high school delinquents nevertheless decide they are destined for musical glory in a quest to impress their only friend Aya, avoid a rival gang, and – most importantly – jam out.
11:00AM, Saturday, June 11, 2022
Morikami Theater
$5 with paid museum admission
2:00PM, Saturday, June 11, 2022
Morikami Theater
$5 with paid museum admission
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Father’s Day Tie Card
Join us and learn how to make an original card in the shape of a shirt with an origami tie for an inspirational man in your life.
12:00PM, Sunday, June 19, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Tanabata
Make a wish for the Star Festival, Tanabata! Write your wish on a strip of colored paper, or tanzaku, and tie it to a branch of our Tanabata bamboo to celebrate.
10:00AM, Friday, July 1, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Saturday, July 2, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Sunday, July 3, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Monday, July 4, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Thursday, July 7, 2022
Lobby
Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the Morikami Film Series
Film: Children of the Sea
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
CHILDREN OF THE SEA is the latest feature from Japan’s STUDIO4°C (known for Tekkonkinkreet, MFKZ, Mind Game, Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knight, and others), and is directed by Ayumu Watanabe, with a score by award-winning composer and longtime Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro). CHILDREN OF THE SEA is adapted from the manga of the same name by author Daisuke Igarashi, which won the Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival.
11:00AM, Sunday, July 17, 2022
Morikami Theater
11:00 am (Dubbed in English) | $5 with paid museum admission
2:00PM, Sunday, July 17, 2022
Morikami Theater
2:00 pm (In Japanese, subtitled in English) | $5 with paid museum admission
Educational Programming
Registration Opens for the NEW Season Today
All programs open for Registration and Ticket purchase(s).

Please go here, "Upcoming Events" to view all upcoming programming. For a specific program follow the links below: Class Workshop Cultural demonstration Lecture Film Special program The season runs from October of the present year through the summer of the following year.  

10:00AM, Monday, August 1, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
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
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Mountain Day Chigiri-e
Chigiri-e is when torn paper is used to make an image. Celebrate Mountain Day, a Japanese holiday to remind us of the importance of the mountains, by making a mountain out of chigiri-e.
11:30AM, Saturday, August 20, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Tsukimi
Tsukimi literally means moon-viewing. Learn about the different elements involved in Tsukimi Festivals by making your own hanging decoration.
12:00PM, Saturday, September 10, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
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