Special Programs

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.

Concerts Films Moon Over Morikami Morikami Goes to Portland Speaker Series Stroll for Well-Being

Museum Store Sunday
On Sunday, November 29, 2020, more than 1,400 museum stores representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 22 countries, and five continents are slated to partake in Museum Store Sunday with special events, promotions, and other unique experiences that only these stores can provide.
10:00AM, Sunday, November 29, 2020
Lobby
FREE VIRTUAL LECTURE
Running it Back, Finding a New Way Forward: Japanese Film 2011-2020
Co-organized by the Japan Foundation and Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

In this panel, Matthieu Felt and Christopher Smith contextualize selections from this year’s festival within the history of post 3/11 Japan and trends in recent Japanese Cinema. Matthieu Felt highlights the theme of returning to the past, either directly, through a medium, through interpersonal relations, or through the director’s filmography. In this year’s festival selections, …

7:00PM, Thursday, December 3, 2020
Virtual
Virtual Lecture
The Japanese Virtual Film Festival (JFF)

Friday, December 4th through Sunday, December 13th, 2020 Cost: FREE with advance registration The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is a project held by the Japan Foundation to promote Japanese film around the world. With a slogan of “Japanese Film Anytime, Anywhere.” This year, in addition to the conventional in-person Japanese Film Festival (JFF) events, they will be …

10:00PM, Friday, December 4, 2020
Virtual
10:00PM, Saturday, December 5, 2020
Virtual
10:00PM, Sunday, December 6, 2020
Virtual
10:00PM, Monday, December 7, 2020
Virtual
10:00PM, Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Virtual
10:00PM, Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Virtual
10:00PM, Thursday, December 10, 2020
Virtual
10:00PM, Friday, December 11, 2020
Virtual
10:00PM, Saturday, December 12, 2020
Virtual
10:00PM, Sunday, December 13, 2020
Virtual
FREE VIRTUAL LECTURE
Transforming the World: How Japanese Robots Saved a Nation and Charmed a Planet
Co-organized by the Japan Foundation and Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

  Its infrastructure devastated by World War II, Japan's economic engine cranked back to life thanks to the power of imagination, from intricate toys to thrilling comics and anime. As Japan's creative geniuses honed their crafts, increasingly immersive products and virtual escapes began profoundly transforming lifestyles around the globe -- and making Japan the planet's factory of dreams. Join Matt …

7:00PM, Saturday, December 5, 2020
Virtual
Virtual Lecture
FREE VIRTUAL LECTURE
Images of Nature: Cultural Representations in Japanese Film
Co-organized by the Japan Foundation and Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Japan has produced one of the world’s most fascinating national cinemas, and the Japanese view of the natural world permeates film.  Images are used to project the Japanese perception of nature, be it subtly or overtly, and the resulting cinematic collages offer a fascinating look at the relationship between the people and their surroundings.  This …

7:00PM, Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Virtual
Virtual Lecture
Morikami Film Series
Sweet Bean
Sponsored by The Rubens Family Foundation

         

11:00AM, Sunday, December 13, 2020
Morikami Theater
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.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

2:00PM, Sunday, December 13, 2020
Morikami Theater
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.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

Morikami Film Series
Shoplifters
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises

7:00PM, Friday, March 5, 2021
Morikami Theater
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.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

Speaker Series - Discussion led by Director Yujiro Seki
Documentary Film Screening – Carving the Divine: Buddhist Sculptors of Japan
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises

Please know that our theater tends to be quite cold so you may want a sweater or jacket with you. ABOUT THE SPEAKER Director, writer, and producer, Yujiro Seki, was born and raised in Japan and earned a BA in Film from the University of California, Berkeley. Seki moved to Los Angeles to work as a director …

7:00PM, Friday, April 9, 2021
Morikami Theater
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.
Speaker Series - Talk by Paula Arai
Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra – The Buddhist Art of Iwasaki Tsuneo
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Free Lecture: No reservations. Tickets will be given out the day of the event, at a first come, first served basis. Please know that our theater tends to be quite cold so you may want a sweater or jacket with you. ABOUT THE SPEAKER Paula Arai received her Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University, specializing in Japanese …

1:00PM, Friday, May 7, 2021
Morikami Theater
FREE (with paid museum admission)

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.

Morikami Film Series
Kubo and the Two Strings
Sponsored by The Rubens Family Foundation

11:00AM, Sunday, May 9, 2021
Morikami Theater
with paid museum admission

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.

In English

2:00PM, Sunday, May 9, 2021
Morikami Theater
with paid museum admission

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.

In English

Morikami Goes to Portland

Rescheduled! A magnificent tour of Portland’s gardens, museums and culinary explorations await those seeking to broaden their cultural horizons. This five day, four night trip includes visits to some of Portland’s most notable stops, including: The Portland Japanese Gardens (private tour) The Lan Su Chinese Gardens (private tour) The Samaritan Gardens of Lebanon, Oregon (guided tour provided …

7:00PM, Thursday, June 3, 2021
Off-site
7:00PM, Monday, June 7, 2021
Off-site
Blade of the Immortal
Morikami Film Series
Blade of the Immortal
Sponsored by The Rubens Family Foundation

Please note: Patrons under 17 are required to have an accompanying parent or adult guardian with them.  ID is required if you are by yourself.

11:00AM, Saturday, June 12, 2021
Morikami Theater
140mins., 2017, Rated R, In Japanese, subtitled in English

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.

2:00PM, Saturday, June 12, 2021
Morikami Theater
140mins., 2017, Rated R, In Japanese, subtitled in English

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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