Special Programs

Program registrations are now open. 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

Yamato Colony Book
Speaker Series - Talk by Tom Gregersen
The Yamato Colony: A Japanese Settlement in Florida
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Tom Gregersen earned an M. A. degree in Japanese studies from the University of Michigan in 1977. He joined the staff of the Morikami Museum in 1978 as assistant curator, rising to senior curator and cultural director over a thirty-five-year career with the museum. Tom is the recipient of both the Foreign Minister’s Commendation (2013) …

7:00PM, Friday, November 6, 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.
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.
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.
Speaker Series - Discussion led by Director Yujiro Seki
Documentary Film Screening – Carving the Divine: Buddhist Sculptors of Japan
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises

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 of the video department for Intermarket Design. After attaining permanent U.S. residency, Seki began studying full time in the Cinematography program …

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. Paula Arai received her Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University, specializing in Japanese Sōtō Zen. She is author of Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra––The Buddhist Art of Iwasaki Tsuneo (Shambhala Publications, …

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.

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.

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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